Since it is late August, pretty much every notable free agent had signed with a team. Sure, Teemu Selanne is still making decisions and what have you, but either he's retiring or returning to the Ducks. However, there was one player worth keeping an eye on who was, somewhat oddly, on the market. That was Mikhail Grabovski. Now, he is on the market no longer. He is decidedly off the market. Why? Because he signed with the Washington Capitals.
It is only a one-year deal worth $3 million. So, basically, what this more than likely means is that Grabovski couldn't find a deal he wanted, so he settled for a one-year deal so he can prove his value and then, hopefully, get a long-term deal. Or, at least, a deal for more than one year and $3 million. This is basically the Alexander Semin plan. It worked for him. Will it work for Grabovski?
Grabovski has spent the last five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he has had some good seasons. Last year, he struggled, as he only scored nine goals and 16 points. Then, the Leafs decided to buy him out so they could give David Clarkson a billion dollars over 50 years, or whatever that fairly ridiculous deal actually is. Now, he shall try and redeem himself with the Capitals.
I like this deal for Washington. There are no bad one-year deals, as they say, and particularly when you are getting a player who has scored 29 goals in a season for a mere $3 million. Grabovski is only 29, so he isn't on his last legs. I could easily see him scoring 20+ goals this year as a second-line center for the Caps. They needed another center too, since Mike Ribeiro headed off to Phoenix. Washington no longer gets to prey on the Southeast Division anymore, so this could be a tougher year for them. Adding Grabovski helps.
So now, with Grabvoski signed, the significant deals are likely over. The rosters are largely set. We can pretty much just wait for Selanne to sign, and then wait for the regular season to begin.