Mikhail Grabovski’s only real link to the Washington Capitals has come in the form of text messages from Alex Ovechkin.

"He always tries to help me texts me messages and tries [to] explain to me about the area in Washington" Grabovski said.

The former Toronto Maple Leafs center doesn’t know much about the city he signed with because visa issues have prevented him from joining his new team.

Still in Toronto Grabovski was so eager that he made the drive to Belleville Ontario to skate with his new teammates Saturday morning before attending the team’s preseason opener against the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 Washington victory.

"[I’m] a little bit frustrated but I’m not worried" Grabovski said. "I’m just excited to see the guys today. I’m very happy to be here."