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The Washington Capitals signed Mikhail Grabovski after they lost Mike Ribeiro to the Phoenix Coyotes during the free-agency signing period.
Washington general manager George McPhee was interested in Grabovski because of his offensive talent, but he didn't sign him until he checked with former Toronto boss (and current Calgary president) Brian Burke.
Grabovski earned praise from Burke, so McPhee brought Grabovski aboard.
In the early going, the Caps appear to have signed a motivated player. Grabovski has scored three goals and two assists in his first four games. He has fired eight shots on goal, and he is playing an average of 17:57 minutes per game.
Grabovski is not likely to average better than a point per game. He scored 58 points in 2010-11, and that 0.72 PPG mark is the best of his career.
The Caps are hoping Grabovski can build off his start and exceed his career-best numbers this year.