Daily Poll: Did the Oilers Miss Out on Grabovski

The Washington Capitals signed free-agent forward Mikhail Grabovski on Thursday, beefing up their lineup with a solid centerman.  Grabovski stayed on the open market longer than most anticipated but perhaps the most surprising part is that Washington signed him to only a one-year deal worth $3 million.  Judging by the numbers, did the Oilers miss out on the former Maple Leaf?

There was some debate as to whether or not the Oilers should have made a play for Grabovski when he became a free-agent back in early July.  With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on the shelf for an undetermined amount of time, the team is lacking depth up the middle.  Talk of having Taylor Hall play center until Nugent-Hopkins returns has surfaced and while that’s a debate for another day, the team is still lacking centerman.  Enter Grabovski.

He is a three-time 20-goal scorer over his six year career in the NHL and last season he won 50.6% of his faceoffs.  To put it in perspective, that percentage would have led the Oilers with Sam Gagner coming in second at a distant 43.9%.  Needless to say his faceofff abilities would have been an upgrade on this team, plugging him into one of the top two lines until Nugent-Hopkins is ready.  After that, a third line role would give Edmonton depth up the middle, something that this club hasn’t had in years.

When you consider that it only cost the Capitals $3 million and just committed to one-year on Grabovski, the reward far exceeds the risk in this case.  And while we may never know if the Oilers had interest in the 29-year old, the thought of inking him to the terms that he agreed on with Washington, let’s hope that Craig MacTavish at minimum kicked the tires on Grabovski.

Now we turn it over to you the readers via our daily poll.  Did the Oilers miss out on Mikhail Grabovski?  Take part in our daily poll and let’s find out how Oilers’ fans feel about this.

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