The Washington Capitals stayed fairly quiet throughout the bulk of the summer, but made some noise towards the end of it when the organization signed forward Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year deal. Grabovski was bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this summer.
Grabovski had a down year in 2013, scoring just nine goals and 16 points in 48 games. That drop in production has been attributed to he and Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle not seeing eye-to-eye in what role Grabovski should be playing. Prior to Carlyle’s arrival in Toronto, the 29-year-old had back-to-back 50-point seasons, with the high mark coming in 2010-11, when he notched 58 points in 81 games.
The Capitals opted not to re-sign forward Mike Ribeiro, despite his 13 goals and 49 points in 48 games, which was second on the team. Ribeiro, 33, signed with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Washington also cut ties with gritty forward Matt Hendricks, forward Joey Crabb and defensemen Jeff Schultz.