On their first day of training camp the player the Capitals talked about most was the only player not in attendance.

Center Mikhail Grabovski who was signed to a one-year $3 million contract by the Caps on Aug. 23 has spent the past week in Toronto trying to get immigration paperwork processed.

“I can’t seem to put a finger on what’s going on up there but hopefully it’s another day or so at the most” Caps general manager George McPhee said.

McPhee spent the better part of his summer trying to find a replacement for Mike Ribeiro who seemed to be the perfect fit to the Caps’ need for a productive second-line center. Ribeiro finished second on the Caps and tied for 10th in the NHL with 49 points in 48 games last season and was a driving force on the NHL’s top-ranked power play.

But at 33 Ribeiro was seeking at least four more years and when the Caps would not relent Ribeiro signed a four-year $22 million deal with Phoenix.

Enter Grabovski a 29-year-old center who clashed with Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle last season over a lack of playing time. Grabovski finished the season with 16 points in 48 games and the Leafs made him a compliance buyout agreeing to pay him $14.33 million over the next eight seasons.

Despite the fact that he set career highs in goals [29] and assists [29] three seasons ago Grabovski received little attention at the start of free agency and waited all summer before agreeing to a one-year deal with the Caps.