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Capitals’ prospect Kuznetsov thinks he’ll return to Russia at age 30

Jul 26, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov could pull an Ilya Kovalchuk and return to Russia once he hits 30 years of age.

Interesting in that the now 21-year-old Kuznetsov, the Capitals first-round pick from the 2010 NHL Draft, has actually yet to play a game in the National Hockey League, or in any league outside of Russia.

He has spent three previous seasons with Traktor Chelyabinsk in the KHL.

Earlier this month, Russian superstar Ilya Kovalchuk retired from the NHL at the age of 30.

A few days later, the KHL’s SKA Saint Petersburg announced it had signed Kovalchuk to a four-year contract.


  1. bmoreredfury311 - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Great! Exactly what i like to hear.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      Well, we have 8 and 1/2 years then. Lets win something!!!

      • bmoreredfury311 - Jul 27, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        I agree, I read the article on PHT doesn’t show all of it. But it seems like, he defiantly wants to play in the NHL, at least for a chapter in his pro hockey career. Either way, not too happy with the way this is all going down.

      • ravenscaps48 - Jul 27, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        Didn’t the RMNB article state that he “may return”? PHT is always trying to twist things. Just like the headline writers at every major news / sports corporations

      • blomfeld - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:39 PM


        Ravenscrap – If anyone is ‘twisted’ around here then that would be you. PHT does nothing but report the cold hard facts, which you as an Ovechkin lover are obviously either ‘unwilling’ or ‘incapable’ of understanding. But that’s ‘your’ problem and therefore God speed to you people.

      • ravenscaps48 - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Cold hard facts like spinning articles. Yup. I’m unwilling of understanding that. How can you be typing when your fists are full of Quick’s and Kopitar’s junk? Now THAT’S Talent!

      • blomfeld - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        *** Special video selection for the Ovechkin lover called Ravenscrap ***

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Sneaky F***ing Russian

  3. operwapitsai - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    I guess this is a good thing….and a bad thing?

  4. zetaone - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Pretty soon there will just be no more Russians in the NHL. GMs are already wary as it is to draft them due to questions about their work ethic/attitudes. This doesn’t help matters any.

    • barkar942 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Speaking of poor work ethics-
      “Former NHL forward Nikolai Zherdev has signed with the KHL Lev Prague.”

  5. ruthlessandtoothless - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    That is if they ever let him leave in the first place

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    This does not bode well for future Russians hoping to get picked high in the draft. And it’s certainly gonna hinder Kuznetsov from getting a long term deal later in his career. These guys seem to be totally oblivious to the “Russian factor” we hear about all the time. Still I’d like to see how this kid looks in the NHL. Hopefully he comes over soon and stays for awhile.

  7. thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 27, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    Cue agent’s downplay and/or claim something was “lost in translation” in 5, 4, 3, 2,1………

  8. joey4id - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Would nice if crazy 8 would do like Ilya K.because that would mean only a few years left of seeing this overpaid floater play in the best hockey league in the world.

    • jennettalia - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      Overpaid floater is the current Hart holder… >.>

    • blomfeld - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      “Me win Hart trophy!” …

      Joey – So true eh ? In many ways these Capitals are like some abused housewife who keeps coming back to her abusive and violent husband, all because she simply hasn’t the courage to say ‘no’ and just walk away. And that’s really a shame as it needn’t be that way. Ovechkin and all the upset he causes could be ‘erased’ with just one stroke of the pen.

  9. jcmeyer10 - Jul 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    In all fairness, he gave the Capitals a 9 year heads up.

    • donniesd - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Perhaps it will be more tasteful if he just comes out and spits in the face of all North American Hockey Fans….

      • blomfeld - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        “Me maybe stay in KHL?” … Alexander Ovechkin @ September 29th, 2013

        What would be really ‘tasteful’ would be for Ovechkin to finally admit that he’s a parasite, rescind his contract with the Capitals organization and then return to Russia via a ‘one way’ ticket on the next AEROFLOT flight leaving the east coast.

  10. nj666 - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    This kid is an idiot, after saying that does he think the caps or any other team will offer him any kind of offer when his elc expires..

  11. billyhauntswizards - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    is anybody else getting really tired of hearing about this kid and what he’s willing to do? for someone that might never even be here?

  12. donniesd - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    I was bummed when the Oilers drafted yaukapov… getting sick of their antics… I got an idea… quit drafting these lazy bums… showboaters… quitters…. we will see them every 4 years… the bummer is Bure is one of my all time favorites!

    • donniesd - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      Its no secret Federov used to “take nights off”..

    • blomfeld - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM


      I hear you friend and I share your pain, as Vladislav Tretiak is my favorite player of all time. Nonetheless, I will never allow these ‘new-age’ parasites to sully my memories of former Russian greatness and glory.

      • donniesd - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        Just watched a day that changed the game on NHL network about what the Stastny brothers went through to get here… some if this must make them a bit ill…

  13. capsfan19 - Jul 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Wow. This guy is somethin else…

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