But it's not for a lack of trying. Still waiting on clearance in Toronto, the ex-Maple Leafs centre drove more than 90 minutes to skate with his new teammates at Yardman Arena in Belleville before their pre-season opener against the Winnipeg Jets.
It was at least a brief chance for Grabovski to introduce himself to a team that remains unfamiliar with the regular season less than three weeks away.
"(I'm) a little bit frustrated but I'm not worried because I know they make for me visa, so everything's going to be fine," Grabovski said. "I'm just excited to see the guys today. I'm very happy to be here."
Grabovski signed a one-year, US$3-million deal with the Capitals in August after the Leafs bought him out of the final four years of a five-year, $27.5-million contract. But visa issues have kept him from moving on fully from his life in Toronto.
The 29-year-old hopes to have things cleared up Monday so that he can fly to Washington and join training camp.