Like an oasis in the desert, NHL fans finally found some much-needed offseason news to take their attention off the dog days of summer.
Free-agent forward Mikhail Grabovski has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals worth approximately $3 million, after having his previous five-year, $27.5 million contract extension bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs in July.
Grabovski recorded nine goals and seven assists this past season in Toronto, but will be a nice replacement at center for the Capitals after Mike Ribeiro decamped to Phoenix.
Washington had been relatively quiet this offseason, with their only other notable signing to date being their own RFA D Karl Alzner.
With the addition of Grabovski, the Capitals will likely be among the league leaders in goal scoring again in 2013-14, as they ranked fourth in the league with a 3.04 goals-per-game average this past year. Grabovski has averaged 0.59 regular-season points per game over the course of his career.
While the signing doesn’t by any means guarantee the Capitals the Stanley Cup next season, it allows them to remain a strong offensive team, which has become the club’s hallmark in recent years.
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Two Minutes For Tweeting
— Rob McGowan (@IslesRM) August 22, 2013
all my #isles tweeps been seeing a lot on how great a prospect strome is but he will be playing for BST next year. Can he make big club?
— Mike Howlin (@fltrn77) August 23, 2013
One of the biggest questions for the Islanders during training camp will undoubtedly be whether uber-prospect Ryan Strome performs well enough to warrant a call-up to the NHL. It’s likely to take a phenomenal camp from the kid for him to start the season on the Isles’ roster, but nothing is impossible considering his skill set.
— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) August 23, 2013
Get your hockey fix—because we know you need it—by watching the replay of Game 2 tonight at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Rumor is, the Isles put on a pretty good show in Pittsburgh that night back in May…
Not that I’m rushing the end of the summer away but is it hockey season yet?? I want #Isles hockey!!
— Ryan (@yuhas9797) August 23, 2013
The good news is that Islanders rookies report to camp on Sep. 4, and the rest of the team arrives a week later. Hockey season is coming, slowly but surely.
Fearless prediction: My #Isles will win their first playoff series since 1993 this season.
— Billy Pollock (@BillyPollock) August 22, 2013
Now here’s a fearless season prediction that Isles fans can get behind.
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