May 8, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski (84) passes the puck against the Boston Bruins during game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. The Bruins beat the Leafs 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Mikhail Grabovski, Washington Capitals agree to one year deal

After the Washington Capitals lost center Mike Ribeiro to the Phoenix Coyotes through the free agency market, it was clear that they needed to find someone to fill the void. Well Capitals fans will have to wait no longer, as the team has found a center to help out their second line.

The Washington Capitals agreed to a one year deal with center Mikhail Grabovski, which is worth $3 million.  Grabovski has spent the previous five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and had his best career year in 2010; he had 29 goals and 29 assists. The team bought out his contract this past season when he failed to be as much of a contributor as the Leafs had hoped.

Ribeiro was one of the most productive players on the Washington Capitals last season, so his presence will obviously be missed. And with the realignment coming, Washington will have to compete with contenders like Pittsburgh, NY Rangers, and the Islanders for a spot in the playoffs.

How much do you think the Capitals will miss Ribeiro, and how much do you think Grabovski will be able to produce with a new team. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comment section below.



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