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08-22-2013, 11:58 AM
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Caps sign C Mikhail Grabovski

@IgorEronko: Belarus TV-channel ONT reports Mikhail Grabovski will sign contract with #Caps today

@SWhyno: Mikhail Grabovski's agent says client still making a decision. @IgorEronko reports Belarus TV says #Caps will sign him.

@SWhyno: Grabovski's agent says he hopes to have resolution by weekend or shortly after. Short-term deal has always been preference.

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@IgorEronko: Belarus TV-channel ONT reports Mikhail Grabovski will sign contract with #Caps today

@SWhyno: Mikhail Grabovski's agent says client still making a decision. @IgorEronko reports Belarus TV says #Caps will sign him.

@SWhyno: Grabovski's agent says he hopes to have resolution by weekend or shortly after. Short-term deal has always been preference.
Does this push Richards up to 1C and Backstrom to his natural spot at 3C (where he lines up with Sweden)?

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08-22-2013, 12:13 PM
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Bye bye Johansson/Perreault? Or are we actually going to have legitimate depth?

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This reeks of the Belanger situation.

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Bye bye Johansson/Perreault? Or are we actually going to have legitimate depth?
I bet it means Johansson's rights will be traded.

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08-22-2013, 12:16 PM
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I bet it means Johansson's rights will be traded.
Ugh. I hope not. Especially if it's a short term deal like his agent states his preference to be.

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Johansson - Backstrom - Ovechkin
Erat - Grabovski - Brouwer
Laich - Perreault - Fehr
Chimera - Beagle - Ward


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Ugh. I hope not. Especially if it's a short term deal like his agent states his preference to be.
I'm in agreement, but I could get over it if the rights are traded for defensive help.

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I'm in agreement, but I could get over it if the rights are traded for defensive help.
Historically, any decently skilled plug has put up 60 points opposite Backstrom/Ovie. Johansson has no plus attributes other than speed and I don't see him developing into anything more than, well, a decently skilled plug that puts up 60 points opposite Backstrom/Ovie.

I personally don't think they will trade his rights (maybe they let him play a year or two in the SEL), but I think he could return something decent and useful.

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Johansson - Backstrom - Ovechkin
Erat - Grabovski - Brouwer
Laich - Perreault - Fehr
Chimera - Beagle - Ward

That's not bad at all, but it leaves them with a $4.5M player on the 3rd line and a $3M guy on the 4th.

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Johansson - Backstrom - Ovechkin
Erat - Grabovski - Brouwer
Laich - Perreault - Fehr
Chimera - Beagle - Ward

i like that. add a top 4 LD at the deadline and we're a contender (although im still hoping orlov will be that guy)

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08-22-2013, 12:38 PM
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That's not bad at all, but it leaves them with a $4.5M player on the 3rd line and a $3M guy on the 4th.
If you're really worried about price structure, you can flip Ward/Fehr and Johansson/Laich. There's a lot of flexibility in the roster now, which is great news once injuries and slumps hit. We'll see which lines click and which don't.

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Anyone willing to offer up a quick bio on Grabs? In my yute I knew everyone around the league. Thanks

maybe touch on speed hitting danglicity?

Locker room poison

I see the basic stats and see he is in his prime.

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I'm in agreement, but I could get over it if the rights are traded for defensive help.
Cap space looks like a big issue either way. They'd have to get someone to take Erskine or Ward in a package most likely if they really wanted to add that top 4D. As-is maybe they can eventually get Johansson done in that Hagelin range but would ~$2.5M do it for Grabovski? Maybe the bounceback potential for future earnings sways him.

If they were to sign Grabovski and get Johansson done I'd go with 19/84/21/85 down the middle. Laich could be a trade candidate down the line but I'd fully utilize their center options. It would relegate Perreault to more of a fourth-line energy guy again but that's still probably truer to his style and if his line is going it could always get bumped up.

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If you're really worried about price structure, you can flip Ward/Fehr and Johansson/Laich. There's a lot of flexibility in the roster now, which is great news once injuries and slumps hit. We'll see which lines click and which don't.
If they can afford all of them, sure, keep them all and let the chips fall where they may. However, if the cap hit of that group of forwards prevents them from acquiring an adequate 2LD now (or even keeps them from banking cap space for a move at the deadline), then it needs to be re-evaluated.

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Some alternate line-ups since I'm excited about this.

90 - 19 - 8 (scoring)
10 - 84 - 20 (scoring/2-way)
25 - 21 - 42 (shutdown)
24 - 85 - 16 (energy/checking)

21 - 19 - 8 (scoring)
10 - 84 - 20 (scoring/2-way)
90 - 85 - 16 (energy/scoring)
25 - 83 - 42 (checking/shutdown)

90 - 19 - 8 (scoring)
10 - 84 - 20 (scoring/2-way)
16 - 21 - 42 (2-way/shutdown)
25 - 85 - 83 (checking/energy)


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Some alternate line-ups since I'm excited about this.

90 - 19 - 8 (scoring)
10 - 84 - 20 (scoring/2-way)
25 -21 - 42 (shutdown)
24 - 85 - 16 (energy/checking)

21 - 19 - 8 (scoring)
10 - 84 - 20 (scoring/2-way)
90 - 85 - 16 (energy/scoring)
25 - 83 - 42 (checking/shutdown)
Fehr was fantastic defensively.... Then again I'm draing a blank as to who #25 is....

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Fehr was fantastic defensively.... Then again I'm draing a blank as to who #25 is....
Chimera

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Worth a laugh

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How confident could #Caps be in Laich as 2C if they kicked tires on Lecavalier and now could be on verge of signing Grabovski?

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Johansson - Backstrom - Ovechkin
Erat - Grabovski - Brouwer
Laich - Perreault - Fehr
Chimera - Beagle - Ward

I'd like to see them experiment with Perreault as a top-6 winger, and using Laich at the #3C. Maybe something like:

Johansson - Backstrom - Ovechkin
Perreault - Grabovski - Brouwer
Erat - Laich - Fehr
Chimera - Beagle - Ward

Recognize that Perreault may not be ideal there, but I think it may make for an overall more balanced lineup...

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Happy with Grabovski, the D is still crap.

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Chimera
Oh duh..

Yeah.... As a shutdown line goes, Chimera doesn't make sense. Fehr has been pretty epic in the PKing department.

Also, if GMGM can't find a way to keep MoJo and keeps Chimera... I cringe at the thought of Laich on the top line...

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Nobody in the Caps management or coaching staff has ever shown an inclination of playing Perreault on the wing. Oates had Volpatti and Hendricks as Ovie's left wing last year, for pete's sake. If Perreault was going to be tried at LW, it would have been then, wouldn't it?

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As my friend Martha would say, it's a good thing.

This guy is coming back off a major lower body injury. To pencil him in even as an every day player would be foolish. It shows that the Caps are thinking at least.

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