Originally written on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 11/3/14

SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 02: Mikhail Grabovski #84 of the Toronto Maple Leafs in action during the NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion on December 2, 2008 in San Jose, California. The Sharks defeated the Maple Leafs 5-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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 in 48 games last season.He produced 29 goals with 29 assists and a plus-14 rating for Toronto in 2010-11. After falling into a third-line role last season, he was seeking a prime playing opportunity for this season.The Capitals developed a dominant power play last season (26.9 percent conversion rate) under coach Adam Oates – and that was a huge selling point.Washington sought a proven scorer to blend with supporting-cast forwards like Troy Brouwer, Martin Erat, Mathieu Perreault and Brooks Laich. Grabovski’s availability on a modest ($3 million) deal was most attractive.So this late-season marriage made...
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