Mike Green, Jay Beagle, Joel Ward and Braden Holtby were all upfront in expressing hopes they could sign new deals with the Capitals next summer.
The two former Penguins defensemen speak to re-signing with Pittsburgh, adjusting to life in Washington and the nebulous idea of organizational loyalty.
Grabovski initially thought he could stay in Washington, but the Capitals decided to spend their money on two defensemen instead.
The 20-year-old who arrived at rookie camp with few expectations now stands on the cusp of his NHL debut.
"He's making a name for himself," one teammate said. "I love him."
Plus notes on a new-look television schedule, Paul Bissonnette and defensive pairings.
Several media reports have indicated that the Capitals are the favorite to land the fourth-liner.
But would general manager Brian MacLellan need to make a corresponding move with limited cap space?
Watkins was one of Washington's 10 "Group 3" free agents this offseason.
Kolomatis is the second former Hershey player to head to the Finnish league Liiga in the past week.