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Leonsis still hoping Kuznetsov comes over after Olympics

Feb 9, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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Washington Capitals 2010 first-round pick Evgeni Kuznetsov still hasn’t come to North America to play, but that’s not stopping Caps owner Ted Leonsis from hanging on to the dream.

In his blog discussing the Caps sending down two players during the Olympic break, Leonsis mentions how the schedule following the Sochi games will be tough and the team’s quest for the playoffs will be difficult. He also hopes there will be help on the way.

“We need to heal and regain many players who have been injured back into our lineup. That will be most helpful to us as a franchise. And perhaps we will add a young player who was a high draft pick into the lineup at some time too after the break. Time will tell.”

Kuznetsov’s Caps future has been a hot topic for sometime, and the possibility of him joining the team late this season came up over the summer. It was just back on Jan. 21, however, it was reported Kuznetsov wouldn’t go to Washington until next season.

At this point, Kuznetsov’s arrival is a “we’ll believe it when we see it” kind of thing.

  1. lowenni - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Bad reporting here. It’s no longer a “we’ll believe it when we see it” thing. Kuznetsov said just a few weeks ago he would definitely be over by next season, and not even fifteen million dollars would keep him in Russia. PHT even ran a article on it. Leonsis here is just saying he might be over before this season is done because his KHL team is going to miss the playoffs. Dont speculate.

    • govtminion - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Surely you’d agree that at this point it really is ‘wait and see’ when it comes to this kid. He’s moved the goal posts several times on his plans to come over, so why not do it yet again? I’m sure he’s a great player, and the Caps sure could use some scoring from someone not wearing an ‘8’ on his back, but until he’s skating around Verizon Center in a red sweater I’ll be pretty skeptical- as the Capitals should be at this point.

      • dcfan4life - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

        Dont be surprised if number 8 finds this kid for a few friendly words. Sometimes a little courtship makes things happen. But i agree, its a wait until we see it kind of deal.

  2. coltssteve - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I sense a GMGM is brain storming a Kuznetsov for Chris Stewart trade.

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