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While Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov still hasn’t signed off on a new deal with Traktor Chelyabinsk, his hometown KHL team showed their appreciation for his recent comments that he would stay in Russia for another two seasons by raising his jersey to the rafters of Traktor Arena.

Kuznetsov, who was married at the sports complex a year ago, will now have his red #92 jersey hang with such Cheylabinsk stars as former Russian national team coach Vyacheslav Bykov, IIHF HOF’er Sergei Makarov, Sergei Mylnikov, Andrei Sapozhnikov, Igor Varitsky, and Danis Zaripov.

Viktoria Voynova of the local Cheylabinsk TV channel OTV believes that despite his young age Kuzya is deserving of the honor.

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