2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Andre Ringuette

On July 1st, Washington Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski will become a UFA, free to sign with any NHL team. While I can only assume whoever the Caps hire as GM would want to re-sign him way before then (please), Grabo has been quietly raising his price halfway across the world at the 2014 World Championship.

On Saturday, Grabovski scored two goals, including his second game-winning goal of the tournament (his first gwg is here) to lead Belarus over Germany, 5-2.

On Monday, Grabovski scored the game-winning goal again, this time in a 3-1 victory against Latvia, sending Belarus to the playoff round for the first time since 2009.

Grabo is kicking ass. Amazing goal GIFs incoming.

Grabovski’s Two Goals Against Germany

Grabovski’s first goal against Germany on Saturday ended up being the game-winner. The diminutive center set up in front of the net. After failing to redirect a point shot, Grabovski knocked the puck loose from the German goaltender and sent it into the yawning net.

Later, Grabo turned up the difficulty a notch, splitting both of Germany’s defenders, racing in alone, and scoring on a breakaway.

Grabovski’s Goal Against Latvia

Against Latvia on Monday, Grabovski went in-between two defenders (one looking for the John Erskine super-check special) and … gosh, this is pretty.

I can’t stop looking at it.

So far in the tournament, Grabovski has four goals and four assists. He ranks 9th in the tournament in total scoring, one point behind Caps captain Alex Ovechkin. He’s also tied for sixth in goals.

When asked if his inspired performance is motivated by his pending UFA status, Grabovski told The Canadian Press’s Stephen Whyno no.

“I don’t worry about [the new contract],” Grabovski said. “For me personally it’s just time for make myself a better player in big arenas, big ice. But people who know me in NHL, they already know me. It doesn’t matter here.”

Former Caps coach Glen Hanlon, the man who leads Grabo’s Belarus team, has had his mind blown by his performance.

“I don’t know if he’s like in this NHL or if it’s the big ice surface or what it is. But he’s a very dynamic player, my goodness,” he said. “You can’t tell me that teams in the NHL can’t use a player like that. It’s unbelievable. His skill on the power play, his skill to find his wingers is pretty good.”

Whereever the 30-year-old Grabovski ends up next season, that team will end up with a very talented forward. Last season, Grabo was the Caps’ third best possession player and the only forward to drive play on the team (despite the team’s poor season). His performance in this year’s World Championship is just a further reminder how much speed, skill, and finishing ability he has.

It’s a lot.

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  • AloeCap10

    The Caps reeeeeeeally need to resign him for next season. Problem is that he is doing so well in the tournament they might get outbid by other teams.

  • Simonezero

    GRA-BO! GRA-BO! GRA-BO!

  • johnnymorte

    These GIFs are sultry. The way he cuts his skates on that goal against Latvia is making me lose sleep at night. Stay in Washington Grabo. You don’t want to go out there, it’s a crazy world. These Canadians will cage you, feed you scraps and give you no ice time. You belong with us, with Ovi and the boys.

  • Jonah

    Imagine a 2nd line of Grabo and kuyza.
    Ooohhhhhhh that’s nasty

  • salgotnv

    Does anyone have the caps canine calendar? The month if May has been awesome. Grabos weird forced smile staring at me while I work. Plez resign for hockey reasons, but also for the doge

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  • Alex

    If they haven’t been negotiating a new contract up to this point, then something is seriously wrong… They’d better ‘Grab’ him while they still can, because that GrabNetsov line will be a force to reckon with.

  • Matt Lauer

    If we don’t re-sign Grabo, it will be the eternal sadness of my life.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    Do yourself a favor and listen to the final video up there in the post. You will laugh and you will laugh hard.

  • JH

    I want Grabo to sign with the Caps so badly. Please, hockey gods, make it so.

  • yv

    Grabo really shining playing for the host Belarus (Ward also – 6! goals, 3a). Caps need to settle with GM and then HC before the draft and free agency, better before June, to end uncertainties with the team direction and resign Grabo.
    After signing Benning looks like Canucs have first rights in getting GM and HC.

  • elguapo

    Sign with the caps and we will prune the hedges of many small villages together.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Wardo! I don’t think this past season was a fluke for him. He’s got good hands and a good nose for the net. He’s just never been given a chance to play with playmakers.

  • waxismo

    Someone in the youtube comments says the guy is ref Antonín Jeřábek, but that accent is something else. I was guessing Cornish as first.

  • Benjamin Esham

    What is most crazy too me is that the D-man played Grabo to what I think is good positioning in the slot and Grabo just broke his ankles .. this was the answer the for the loss of Ribs to Arizona. Please please please don’t let Grabo slip.

  • Red

    Pay this man already so I can buy my new jersey. Wearing 28 around Verizon is starting to get awkward.

  • Jonah

    the great bit is how the D- Man is ready to give him the hit and when grabo dekes the dman is all like “what i was about to knock your ass out?”

  • Justin Collins

    He basically did the NHL 14 A button glitch goal on that last one.