NHLer Grabovski signs pro soccer contract

NHL centre Mikhail Grabovski has signed a contract with a professional soccer team in his native Belarus. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Mikhail Grabovski becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1, but he just signed a new contract… with a professional soccer team in his native Belarus.

Grabovski inked a deal with the Minsk Ravens, the team’s chairman Denis Shunto announced Monday on Belarusian TV. Shunto said he expects Grabovski to debut for the team in late July.

According to russianmachineneverbreaks.com, Grabovski would already being playing for the team were it not for an injury he suffered while representing his country at the recent IIHF world hockey championships.

Grabovski, 30, registered 35 points in 58 games with the Washington Capitals last season while on a one-year contract that paid him $3 million.

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