In 367 NHL games for the Maple Leafs and Canadiens, the Belarusian tallied 94 goals and 217 points. He recorded at least 20 goals and 48 points three times for the Leafs, including a 29 goal grab and 58 points total during the 2010-11 season.
The Caps see Grabovski as a safe option to replace Mike Ribeiro who signed a deal with the Phoenix Coyotes.
"My pitch to him was not a hard sell," the Capitals’ coach Adam Oates told Mike Vogel of Dump and Chase. "I kind of wanted to find out what happened in Toronto. I told him he was a good player in a unique situation because the league never had this buyout clause before. While emotionally it's a tough thing, you're in a unique position, and you can consider any team that wants you. I gave him some information as to why he should consider ours. He fits into our puzzle. I talked to him about what a puzzle means to me, his skills set and where he'd fit."
Grabovski will likely become the Caps’ No. 2 center behind Nicklas Backstrom.