Found August 26, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
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 contra...

All hail Mikhail (Grabovski signs with Washington)

After having the final four years of a five-year, 27.5-million dollar contract with the Maple Leafs bought out almost immediately after their first round playoff loss Mikhail Grabovski became a free agent. Instead of joining in on the free agent frenzy, ‘Grabo’ took time to get married and enjoy his honeymoon… He came back to multiple contract offers, reportedly from the likes...

Scenery change will benefit these forwards

Mikhail Grabovski is a skate-and-shoot center who creates his own scoring opportunities. The Capitals needed another shooter to support Alex Ovechkin, who is a magnet for defensive attention.Grabovski was seeking an opportunity to rebuild his market value after exiting the Maple Leafs with a compliance buyout. He scored just nine goals added only seven assists with a minus-10 rating...

Phil Kessel’s Team USA headshot could have gone better

I’m not sure if he was trying out a new ‘Blue Steel’ look or trying to convey a “I want to take off your pants and take you to Pleasure Town” message, but it would appear that Phil Kessel’s photoshoot for Team USA was a complete misfire on all accounts. ‘Murica has certainly looked better than this. The post Phil Kessel’s Team USA headshot could have gone better...

Caps D-man Carlson shows off new USA jersey

The new Team USA uniforms that will be worn in Sochi in 2014 (photo courtesy of Getty Images) Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson is arguably one of the best American defensemen in the NHL today and his play is not going unnoticed. Carlson and 47 other American-born players  hit the ice in our Nation’s capital in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia...

The Phil Kessel photoshops are here

Phil Kessel finally gave the Internet a break from Miley Cyrus when his “Blue Steel” pictures from Team USA’s photo day were published online this afternoon. Not surprisingly, some creative people used the hilarious photos as an opportunity to get some photoshop work in. Here are some of the results: via @TheStanchion The post The Phil Kessel photoshops are here appeared first...

Russia’s New Olympic Hockey Jerseys Are Fairly Heinous

On Monday, the Russian Hockey Federation unveiled the new jerseys that will be worn by both the men’s and women’s Olympic hockey teams come February.  Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was chosen to model the jersey along with Alexandra Kapustina from the women’s national team. While the men’s is slightly more tolerable than the women’s, these are some of the...

Finding a Fit: Remaining Free Agents and the Canucks

There are still effective players available Big Question Today: Is it possible to fit in another piece up front to upgrade the offense before the season begins? A good hockey club has depth. A good hockey club also makes savvy personnel moves to maximize the output from the roster.  As it sits right now, the Vancouver Canucks still have $4,347,222 according to Capgeek.  Some...

Podcast Episode 71: Do svidaniya Leights

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast, Steve and Hal set a world record for talking about people setting a world record for watching paint dry, bid adieu to Michael Leighton on the behalf of North America, discuss Mikhail Grabovski’s deal with the Capitals, and more! Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 71 You can listen to the episode by following the link above, or by...
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