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Kuznetsov says he’ll join Capitals in 2014-15

Jan 21, 2014, 9:07 PM EDT

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At long last, it sounds like the Washington Capitals will finally get Evgeny Kuznetsov to leave the KHL in 2014-15. At least, that’s what the long-delayed prospect told R-Sport this past weekend.

“Everything has been decided long ago, so I won’t stay for $10 or $15 million,” Kuznetsov said. “People have been waiting for me, writing and coming here for three years. I’m a decent man and I will keep my word.”

Of course, the question is: how long will he wait for those millions, as his leverage certainly would increase if he kept KHL teams in the negotiating mix in the summer of 2015. The 21-year-old has already acknowledged that he’d expect to go back overseas once he reaches 30.

Capitals GM George McPhee has taken a very measured approach to the situation – at least publicly – but it’s likely many fans are curious to see how Kuznetsov’s game would translate to the NHL, even if he’s struggling in the KHL this season.

If Kuznetsov’s indeed a man of his word, they could find out next season.

  1. esracerx46 - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    I know scoring is a little different overseas… But he’s got 7 goals and 7 assists in 23 games with a minus 7 rating. He may not be all he’s cracked up to be. Although, in years past he has scored at a better pace than his current one.

  2. ednacrabapple - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    so does that mean we won’t resign Grabo? We’re so cap strapped that we need cheap solutions. too many bad contracts thanks to GMGM.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Is it time to trade Ovi? His value is currently high and the Caps are not going anywhere that’s called “up in the standings”. Retool,rebuild or blow up the franchise,call it what you want but get younger and faster for cheaper.

      • cdalton2690 - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        You are joking right? It’s a bad joke if it is one; but that would be better than saying trade the league MVP and current goal scoring leader in the NHL to make caps space for some punk kid who may never even come over here. Why wouldn’t you suggest trade Erat, Green, Laich, Brouwer, Neuvy, players who want out of DC, are underachieving, or both. OV isn’t going anywhere and he shouldn’t he is one of the best players in the world i wouldn’t even know what you would consider a good trade for him. I know i said anyone would be a better GM than GMGM but i may have to take that back with suggestions like this.

  3. vbcaps - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    As a life long fan of dc sports (and god that’s hard to say)…here’s our favorite saying “just wait until next year !!”

  4. coltssteve - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Hypothetical conversation:

    ring ring.

    McPhee: This is George.

    Poile: Hi George, this is your good pal Dave Poile in Nashville.

    Poile: What will it take to get Kuznetsov?

    McPhee: I don’t know. We are kind of souring on him because we really hate players we draft in the first round.

    Poile: How about Stalberg for Kuznetsov?

    McPhee: I hope you are not trying to take advantage of me again? Hmm, we really dislike Kuzentsov these days, and we think Stalberg is pretty good. If anything this will allow me to add more worthless spare parts to an already crappy roster, so why not! Lets make a deal.

    Poile: Thanks, I love doing business with you George. I am so glad you took my spot in Washington!

  5. pfhockey - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Caps fans are probably REALLY excited right now.

  6. pfhockey - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    He should’ve never entered the draft if he was going to be flip-flopping like this.

  7. pfhockey - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Let’s see what Ovi can do in convincing the kid to stay.

  8. Stiller43 - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    My guess is “not much” if the current (and past) russians couldnt convince him to come over in the first place

  9. govtminion - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    As many times as he’s said this, I won’t believe it until I see him in a red sweater. He’s repeatedly moved the goal posts on coming over to the NHL- his big thing last time was staying in the KHL so he wouldn’t hurt his chances of making Team Russia at Sochi… and didn’t make it anyway. So now with that done, he’s ready to play here?

    With all the times he’s dragged the Caps along, combined with his frankly underwhelming stats, as far as I’m concerned he can stay in Russia.

  10. djshnooks - Jan 22, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Ovechkin will not bring Washington a cup all alone…and his defense is horrendous.

    If Wayne Gretzky can get traded…Alexander Ovechkin definitely can.

    Caps fans would be crazy to NOT want the assets a trade like that would bring in, to help build around some of the other good young players you already have.

    The Sabres once traded Mogilny and Lafontaine and we saw how that helped them in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. They just traded Vanek and Pominville…and it will pay off again with 17 draft picks in the first 2 rounds through three years. (Not to mention some damn good pieces already.)

    Get what you can for him now.

    • coltssteve - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      While your thinking about trading ovie makes sense, the problem is that Leonsis has not shown any inclination to remove McPhee from his post. If you told me the idea was to trade Ovechkin for a windfall of picks and such, I reluctantly embrace that if you told me we would get a real GM in here. As long as GMGM remains at the helm, the team will overvalue its medicore talent while undervaluing and giving away real talent e.g. Martin Erat for Forsberg. McPhee seems to have a fetish for the same type of player: Erat, Ward, Brouwer, Laich, Chimera. The problem is that these guys are great if you have one or two of them or they comprise your third and fourth lines. Outside of Ovechkin this team has no way of generating any sort of offense. They don’t cycle well and are afraid to get dirty in front of the net. Furthermore, their defense is putrid and the goaltending has been too inconsistent. The fact that they made Craig Anderson look like Patrick Roy last night tells me this team needs to blow it up completely and start over from scratch. Amazing how a fluke first round playoff loss to the Canadiens a few years ago could totally derail what seemed to be a promising franchise.

  11. gocaps8 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    I thought all the recent news pointed to Kuzya joining Caps when Traktor Chelyabinsk’s season ends, which would get him here in late March or April.

    It may not make a difference if the team keeps playing the way they are, but I’d like to see what he can add to the offense for a playoff push.

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