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Rumors circulating over the past couple of days have come true as the Washington Capitals have signed unrestricted free agent center Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year deal worth roughly $3 million. The move comes as a bit of a surprise as it had appeared that George McPhee was standing pat with the roster that he had. He even went as fair as to name Brooks Laich as the second-line center for the upcoming season. That probably is not the case anymore.
This should be nothing of a slight against Brooks Laich, but Mikhail Grabovski gives the Capitals a legitimate player to fill the hole left when Mike Ribeiro bolted for the desert. Grabovski, 29, has all the makings of a scoring center, if he can stay healthy. His best season came in 2010-2011 when he racked up 29 goals and 29 assists in 81 games with Toronto. He has scored 20+ goals in all 3 seasons in which he played more than 60 games. If his NHL numbers last season are combined with his KHL numbers, he actually posted a respectable 21 goals and 19 assists in 77 games.
The other day, I noted that there were just too many new faces on this Caps’ team and not enough time for them to learn a new system. Tonight, it seemed truer than I ever thought it was as they were doubled up by the Tampa Bay Lighting 6-3. Let’s get to the notes and breakdown.
Tampa Bay Goal: Eric Brewer (1) from Carle, St. Louis
This was really unfortunate for the Caps. They had carried the majority of the play up to this point. It was even the first shot that Braden Holtby had to face. Marcus Johansson gave Brewer way too much space as he sent a one-timer past Holtby’s glove. He was partially screened by Pouliout, but it is one that he will probably want back.