Kuzya will be leaving for DC without his favorite two homies.

On Thursday, the KHL announced that Evgeny Kuznetsov had worked out a deal with Traktor Chelyabinsk to nullify the last few months of his two-year contract. The agreement allows Kuznetsov to travel to North America and begin his NHL career in Washington. #KuzyaWatch is finally nearing an end.

Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov managed to catch up with Kuzya during these hectic last few days and conducted a short interview with the young prospect. The 21-year-old reveals that he hopes to fly to Washington DC on Sunday or Monday and that he is initially leaving his wife and dog in Russia.

Kuznetsov also explains Traktor’s position on him leaving and hopes that he’ll “catch on for the playoffs with Washington.” Well, if they get there.

Igor Kleyner has your translation.

Evgeny Kuznetsov: My wife and I went to the American Embassy on Wednesday to take care of the visa. All problems resolved, should get my passport on Friday.

My agent is dealing with Traktor. How to cancel the contract properly, so that I can play for Washington this season. And to make sure my KHL rights stay with Chelyabinsk. If I return – I will return only to Traktor.

Big thanks to the management – Vladimir Krechin, Evgeny Tsibuk. They understand the situation, they are helping me a lot and also want me to go to the NHL.

Why was Traktor’s season such a disaster?

EK: I didn’t play well. It was a terrible season. I did not earn my salary this year.

I am just starting to approach my peak form. I practiced a lot during the Olympic break. We’ll see, maybe I’ll catch on for the playoffs with Washington?

It is time to find out – am I a good hockey player, or have I lost it? Departing for Washington, I give myself a challenge: What is Zhenya Kuznetsov really worth?

We are handling some final details. I hope to leave for Washington on March 9th or 10th. Washington can sign me in time for playoffs.

I heard you are staying in the most expensive hotel in Washington?

EK: I am going to stay with Sasha Ovechkin. He said right away: “Don’t rent an apartment, stay in my house for the first season. I’ll give you a car, no worries.”

It’s a bit awkward. Ovechkin is a grown-up, he has a future spouse. Why bother them. But at first I will stay with Sasha. He’ll explain everything, help me out.

Are you bringing your dog?

EK: For now I am going by myself [without my dog]. I need to understand where I end up. NHL is like a different planet. And when I settle all the formalities, get American driver’s license, earn my spot with Washington, then my wife will join me. With the dog, she is my talisman.

Adam Oates visited you in the summer…

EK:He is a very positive guy. They kept calling me from America: “Come on, get ready…” Even the dogs in Chelyabinsk are barking at me “Come on, go.” I am starting to understand their language [smiling].

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  • Cooper


  • frowning

    What a smart and honest young man

  • Eric

    Fuck yes!!!!! but still our defense kinda overshadows that just a smidge

  • Abhi


  • Fedor

    In the same interview he has also disclosed that the zamboni he bought for Traktor’s academy (originally reported as “worth at least $100k”) is actually worth $130k.

  • Rob W.

    “Ill give you a car, no worries.” I guess being friends with Ovi has its benefits

  • Ben

    Prepare Yourselves

  • frowning

    Seems strange to go to Hershey if he plans on living with Ovi, no?

  • yv

    From full interview he again showing himself as a fully mature player. Very nervous about how he would be in NHL, specially prepared for physical games during Olympic break. Kuzya reading everything about himself, even hard critique, and funny was completely shocked when read that Crosby (BTW, -5! against sharks yesterday ) asked about him during Olympics. He will fly tomorrow despite it’s second biggest holiday in Russia, Women’s day, that’s determination.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Well done on the font.

  • Matt Lauer

    This is glorious.

  • Igor Kleyner

    Whenever I mention Kuznetsov and Hershey in the same sentence, Ian usually threatens me with excommunication from The Holy Church of Russian Machine

  • Igor Kleyner

    Is it still that big in Russia? You would think in this day and age they’d come up with a refreshed selection of idolatry to worship…

  • Marky Narc


  • Marky Narc

    Tempered enthusiasm here. I’m very happy this is finally happening, since it’s been quite the saga. On the other hand, I am certainly not of the mind that all we have to do is drop F.C. Kuz into the lineup and suddenly we’re positioned for a deep playoff run. The issues with this roster run deeper than that and it’s not something that one player fixes.

    Still, looking forward to seeing him out there. Fingers crossed.

  • Joey Doukmetzian

    this is probably top 10 gifs i’ve seen on RMNB

  • Pat


  • yv

    I think so, just check Maria’s tweeter tomorrow. Ovi’s hattrick coming?!

  • It doesn’t make much sense to me. That’s all.

    It could happen, but I’m not sure why you would throw him to the sharks in the AHL, especially with no Russian-speakers on the team. If they want him to learn, practicing with the Caps and being around Ovechkin and Orlov would probably do him the most good.

    There’s no doubt he needs to learn and get caught up, but someone as high-profile as himself, I just really don’t think the AHL is a good idea.

  • Capper63

    What part of “his words” led you to that conclusion?
    He is moving in with Ovie and driving Ovies car. Do you think Ovie is moving to Hershey?

  • Shaun Phillips

    Ovi’s given up on the Caps’ season as well and is concentrating on getting the Bears the Calder Cup. /snark

  • Oh.


    Ron Paul is back.

  • Barrett

    Can he play defense…?

  • Karina Saint

    That would be fun to watch him skating around AHL players like pylons

  • Chris Cerullo

    Also why would he live with Ovechkin if he’s playing in Pennsylvania….? This sounds like Alex is literally picking him up from the airport and bringing him home lol.

  • Igor Kleyner

    Sorry, but the pug is staying in Russia – I believe Belyash belongs to the parents. Yorkie is the one coming eventually, along with the better half

  • weak

    I want the pug

    for hockey reasons

  • Doug Black

    Adam Oates will find his best fit to be 4C in no time.

  • Austin

    Even though what I’m about to say is a giant stretch ( so be prepared) IF and I say IF the caps somehow make it into the playoffs and mindfuck the entire fan base with their sub par players and awful system and win a Stanley cup, I am never watching hockey ever again. Being a caps fan IS harder than being a sabers or panthers fan or islanders etc, because at least their fans know they suck. We watch each game and are hypnotized by the McPhee poison for 60 minutes and watch each second of play with hope. Each game it’s as if someone is pulling how the caps will play out of a hat, ” no energy today” hmm LOOK for tonight the winner is.. ” Extra terrible defense that’s even worse than normal!!”.

    I’m tired of this shit show, but I will love this team, only because I am caps fan no matter how much it pains me.

    I hope one day, we can see backstrom and Ovi and any future capital hoste Lord Stanley’s cup.

  • bskillet

    Playoffs? Not if last night was any indication. Pittsburgh home and home then, Kings, Sharks and Ducks in one week. SomebodIES better step it up.

  • NovaCath

    But no where near the saga of Semin and his military obligation or the multi-year saga of Petr Sykora with his the fax machine issue followed by his finally coming over the next year to quickly decide to go back home.

  • Yonder

    I give you car, no worries)))))))))))))))) Ovi the best