The Washington Capitals have signed center Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year contract. Financial terms have yet to be disclosed.

Mikhail Grabovski signs with the Capitals.

Mikhail Grabovski signs with the Capitals.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reports out of Belarus claimed Grabovski’s new deal is worth $3 million, which would leave the Capitals with around $2.665 million in cap space to re-sign winger Marcus Johansson.

The move comes as a significant change of opinion from Capitals GM George McPhee, who earlier this summer professed to have little interest in the players available in this summer’s UFA market. Necessity to bolster their depth at center evidently won out, as McPhee had floated the notion of using Brooks Laich as their second line center.

Grabovski struggled last season playing for Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle, but before that notched three 20-plus goal performances, along with two seasons with 50-plus points. He’s a better option to center the Capitals second line than Laich.

It’s also only a one-year contract so if things don’t work out with Grabovski, they won’t be on the hook beyond this coming season. This is a good opportunity for Grabovski to silence his critics and prove he was misused during his final season in Toronto.