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by Paul on 08/26/13 at 01:51 PM ET
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,
As part of his background research into Mikhail Grabovski, who the Capitals signed to a one-year $3 million contract last week, General Manager George McPhee reached out to one of his mentors for an honest opinion on the 29-year-old center.
“We exchanged emails and I told him what I thought,” former Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke said Monday at KCI, where he is attending the U.S. Olympic orientation camp as USA Hockey’s director of player personnel. “I think Mikhail Grabovski is just a class act, he’s a warrior on the ice, he’s a gym rat off the ice. His preparation is unbelievable, he’s very serious about being a good hockey player and he was a joy while I had him in Toronto. He was a joy to have on the team.”
It was during Burke’s tenure as general manager in Toronto that Grabovski had his best career statistical seasons, and it was Burke who signed Grabovski to the five-year, $27.5 million contract that the Maple Leafs opted to buy out this summer.
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