Capitals' Grabovski asking 'too much' for GM MacLellan's liking

by Jun 27, 10:39 PM

The Washington Capitals are in talks with pending free-agent center Mikhail Grabovski and things aren't going well according to general manager Brian MacLellan.

Grbaovski, coming off a one-year, $3-million contract, scored 35 points in 58 games played last season.

Jul 1, 10:09 AM

Report: Capitals decide not to meet Mikhail Grabovski's asking price, will hit open market

by Jul 1, 10:09 AM

The Washington Capitals have elected not to meet the asking price of pending unrestricted free agent center Mikhail Grabovski, who will test the open market according to a report from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

Grabovski, a two-way ace who was bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs last summer, is reportedly looking for a long-term contract worth $5 million per season. In 58 games with the Capitals this past season Grabovski scored 13 goals, managed 35 total points, and led all regular Capitals forwards in shot attempt differential. 

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Jun 28, 9:47 AM

Report: Capitals' Grabovski asking for $5 million per season on long-term deal

by Jun 28, 9:47 AM

The Washington Capitals would like to re-sign center Mikhail Grabovski, but only if the price is right.

According to multiple reports, the Capitals are not pleased with the amount Grabovski is asking for. A source close to the center confirm a long-term deal worth around $5 million per is a "close" estimate via the Washington Post.

Grabovski is still owed $1.79 million per season until 2021 from the Toronto Maple Leafs due to a buyout last season.

General manager Brian MacLellan told reporters, "The money is a little bit prohibitive right now... I think we need to address some areas financially. Trying to get to a comfortable number that we can work with."

Grabovski will become a free agent July 1st.

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Jun 12, 9:41 AM

Grabovski's agent believes Capitals looking to re-sign his client

by Jun 12, 9:41 AM

The Capitals have undergone significant changes this offseason - namely the hiring of new general manager Brian MacLellan and head coach Barry Trotz - but Mikhail Grabovski's agent maintains there is interest between the team and his client in regards to extending his time in Washington.

“I believe [management has] interest in Grabo,” Gary Greenstin told the Washington Post. “We have interest to stay in Washington ... Grabo likes the city [of Washington]. Very comfortable. Great organization. I believe he played very good for them. Grabo created moments in every shift for his teammates. He make players better. He’s a great center.”

The 30-year-old is coming off a one-year, $3-million deal with the team, and could be in line for a raise after scoring 13 goals and adding 22 assists in 58 games and leading all Capitals' forwards with a 51 percent Corsi-for rating.

Free agency begins on July 1, but unrestricted free agents are free to interview with other teams from June 25-30. Greenstin would like something done prior to that time, but is not working under a great sense of urgency.

“If we’ve done the deal [by July 1], great,” he said. “If not, not to worry. It has to be right, for Grabo’s camp, for the team. We’re not worried at all. We have short time, but we still have time.”

Apr 24, 6:33 PM

Agent for Grabovski and Kulemin thinks they could be package deal as UFAs

by Apr 24, 6:33 PM

Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin were separated last season after five years of playing together on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Grabovski was bought out by the Maple Leafs and signed a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals, while Kulemin stayed in Toronto. But according to agent Gary Greenstin, who represents both pending free agents, Grabovski and Kulemin are entertaining the idea of reuniting on the ice in 2014-15.

"They're always talking about, 'Wouldn't it be great to play on the same team together,'" Greenstin told Michael Traikos of the National Post on Thursday. "They're best friends. They play great together. We'll see what happens."

Grabovski and Kulemin put up career-best numbers as linemates in 2010-11, when Kulemin scored 30 goals and Grabovski finished with 58 points. They have remained close friends ever since and still train together in the offseason.

Greenstin is not sure if Grabovski would consider staying in Washington, but said it hinges on whether Adam Oates is still coaching the team. Grabovski signed with Washington in large part because of Oates.

Greenstin also suggested Kulemin was unhappy with his role in Toronto. He believes the Russian winger "can get 20 to 22 goals," in the right role, but chides the Maple Leafs for using Kulemin almost exclusively in defensive situations like penalty-killing.

“You just put him on penalty killing. Not even a chance to play power play. Of course he’s not happy with his role. I’m not happy,” Greenstin said.

Considering Grabovski called Toronto coach Randy Carlyle an "idiot" on his way out of town, the idea of a Maple Leafs reunion for he and Kulemin seems impossible, but Greenstin refused to rule it out, saying anything is possible since the hiring of Brendan Shanahan as team president.

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