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Kuznetsov skates at Kettler for the first times since signing with the Caps. (Photos by Chris Gordon)

After almost four years, Evgeny Kuznetsov took the ice for the first time in a Washington Capitals uniform on Sunday — albeit a practice jersey. Kuzya, the only player on the ice, did drills with head coach Adam Oates and strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, while taking shots on equipment guy and Ovi’s buddy Alexander “Gus” Gusev.

After doing sprints and drills, Kuznetsov left the ice and signed autographs for the adoring public. He then jumped into the Caps conference room where he answered questions for twenty minutes and said at least 19 completely different words in English.

Yes, it’s finally Kuzya Time. I’ve got your photos.

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Kuznetsov signs for the fans.

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#AdamVingansHand

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Kuznetsov speaks to reporters.

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The Gorm and Kuz sharing a moment.

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“Greeting, 92″ – Slava’s translation

 
  • BPThomas

    I love that he looks so happy. Really seems like he’s ready to play.

  • Sasha Kahn

    Let’s all pray for 2012 Kuzya and not 8-goal, injury-bug 2014 Kuzya!!! Then playoffs seem…attainable???

  • jowitt09

    Am I the only one who is rather impressed that he did all the things he did today for the fans and the media? i.e. Sign autographs, take pictures, and do 95% of his presser in English.

  • Jack Conness

    This is so awesome! I am smiling just as much as he is!

  • Yo8

    He is so smiling and happy!!!♥♥♥
    Aw…. enjoy while it last Kuzya because once you get tired of signing and taking pictures people will lynch you for it on the social media bahahaha!

    I’m glad he is finally here.

  • Matt Lauer

    FINALLY! Though it’s gonna be odd not doing KuzyaWatch any longer.

  • araporrada21

    Kid got a great personality. Now lets score some goals !

  • John M

    Well, he looks good, at least. My only regret is that he’s coming after the trading deadline, so we were robbed of the opportunity to see an All-Oates-Wasted 4th line of Kuzya-Erat-Wilson.

  • Barrett

    Still need a defense.

  • Chris Cerullo

    So many smiles. This kid has already won me over. (Calling him a kid when he’s 3 years older than me)

  • Chris Cerullo

    Pessimism is no fun

  • Jack Conness

    Story of my life lol

  • Jared

    Ok, but my question is are they going to put him on an nhl 14 roster update? I want to play with the lines that Oates refuses to make.

  • Alex Hughes

    You just got to create him first and then wait for an update to put him on the roster.

  • JenniferH

    I keep randomly reminding myself that Kuzya is actually officially TOTALLY a Capital now and it is AWESOME! He has a official number and everything!

  • Rhino40

    and said at least 19 completely different words in English.

    Hey Ian,

    Were 3 of those words “I”, “Scoar”, and “Goal”?