It appears Mikhal Grabovski has found a new NHL home.
Grabovski told Sportsnet 590 the Fan’s Matt Brown on Thursday that he has agreed to a deal with the Washington Capitals that will be made official on Friday. An report early Thursday from a Belarus outlet said it was a one-year, $3-million deal.
— Matt Brown (@mbrownSN590) August 23, 2013
Grabovski had been a free agent since the Leafs used a compliance buyout on him July 4.
If he decides to sign with Washington, the Belarusian forward is expected to slot into Mike Ribeiro’s old role, after the forward signed with the Phoenix Coyotes when the free agency period opened back in July.
He was scheduled to make $5.5 million in 2013-14 before the Leafs bought him out.
Under previous head coach Ron Wilson, Grabovski was one of the Leafs’ best scorers but the 29-year-old struggled to find a role in his lone season under Randy Carlyle.
Grabovski scored nine goals, seven assists with a minus-10 rating in 48 games last season.