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Washington Capitals signing has visa issues

Grabovski moved from Toronto Maple Leafs (©GettyImages)
Grabovski moved from Toronto Maple Leafs (©GettyImages).

New Washington Capital centre Mikhail Grabovski is yet to meet up with his new teammates, as he is still in Toronto awaiting a visa, according to NHL.com

The Belarusian was snapped by The Capitals as a free agent, after The Toronto Maple Leaf's bought out the remaining four years of the 29-year-olds contract, following a string of discipline issues.

In 2010 he was arrested for his part in a street brawl, in which it was alleged he punched a woman.

Back in February, Grabovski bit Montreal Canadien's Max Pacioretty.

The centre was found not guilty, as their wasn't conclusive proof following a hearing, but the former CSKA Moscow man later admitted to biting his opponent.

However, Grabovski did manage to net 16 points in 48 games for the Canadian side.

With the visa issues and despite putting his new man on a one-year contract worth $3 million, Capitals manager George McPhee is convinced the new signing will be able to join training soon. 

"I can't seem to put a finger on what's going on up there, but hopefully that's another day or so at the most." The general manager told reporters.

Meanwhile, Washington's coach Adam Oates is looking forward to the arrival of their new man:

"He fits into our puzzle."

"I talked to him about that. Obviously it's a shame he's not here yet. We don't want to put too much pressure on him, but I'm sure he's very motivated. He's not happy with what happened to him at the end of the year and we're just looking for him to play good hockey for us."

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