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We’re still 7 weeks away from training camp, but two important Washington Capitals players have already made it back to the district: Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov.

(A whole month early for training?! What a bunch of lazy, unreliable Russians! Am I doing this right?)

We were tipped off to the players’ movements when Kuznetsov posted a selfie with his wife on Instagram shortly after boarding a plane at 2AM on Thursday. His caption was, “✈️✈️✈️ DC,” which means either that he had two connecting flights or — like me — he realizes that emoticons are effective only if you repeat them a lot.

Eight hours later, Orlov posted a photo posing with his girlfriend at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in D.C. I cannot tell if his broken left arm is healed or out of the cast yet.

At the end of the season, Kuznetsov and Orlov spoke to RMNB’s Igor Kleyner about their plans to use the last few weeks of summer as a springboard into next year.

“I think I will come back here a bit earlier to get a good head start on preparations for the next season,” Kuznetsov said in April, living up to his word. “I am going to concentrate on getting bigger.”

Kuznetsov said he would plan on training with Capitals strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish. “I need to become stronger,” he said. “I can’t say that I have felt a lack of physical strength here, but I only got to play in a few games; if I had to play the whole season, all 82 games, I am not sure how I would feel.”

In past years, Orlov would arrive in the United States at the end of July or the beginning of August. Last summer, Orlov trained with fellow Russians Semyon Varlamov and Stan Galiev in Amish Country under the supervision of workout guru Steve Saunders.

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  • Jack Conness

    Good to hear! I hope Ovi can follow suit. I’m echoing what others have said but I hope he doesn’t jump off the deep end Post-Maria (too much partying, lack of concentration, etc.) I hope he can do what Rory did and just kick some serious ass.

  • tpr04

    Is ther any way they can get Mojo to join them in the weight room?

  • John Bolt

    I could be way off here, but I suspect that if Ovi genuinely cared enough about Maria to be in danger of jumping off the deep end, they’d still be together.

    Remember this (paraphrasing):

    “Ovi what were you doing while your future wife was playing in the most important match of her career to date???”

    “I was sleeping”

  • Jesse Foster

    Their girls are very good looking lol

  • Jack Conness

    Preferably another team’s weight room…

  • tpr04

    That’s a good one.

  • Luke Anthony

    Nice to see them back so early, think it’s better if younger guys come back a bit before camp.

  • Lawrence
  • dcr61288

    On an unrelated note I like the CaribbeanCupid ad

  • Jay

    Let’s be serious here….They came over now b/c their thinking..”Oh Sh*t, we better get out of Russia b/c they are about to get their ass whooped by the entire world”
    Glad to see these guys getting in early…I’m excited to see how this team transforms itself! 🙂

  • I had a few creative ones last night too https://twitter.com/ianoland/status/492158342987788288

  • Shaun Phillips

    Ramadan Kareem (from the Muslim world)!

  • Matt Lauer

    Hey. Lay off Mojo.

  • Yo8

    Here is another one:

    “I hope you love me like I do.” After posting a video of her being mad at him and later happy for a bling LOL. Problems in paradise way before the summer break? Well, I hope he is over her by the time he hits the ice.

  • CapRat

    Yeah..you’re suffocating his weak ass.

  • Phil Owen

    Jeez. Everybody needs to stop projecting their own emotions onto the Ovi-Maria breakup. They’re both exceptionally high maintenance, high profile celebrities. Good or bad, Ovi’s performance this season will have little, if anything, to do with the broken engagement. He was an offensive virtuoso who played indifferent defense before their engagement and during their engagement. Why the emo expectation that he’ll be somehow diminished now?

  • Hockey Mom

    It takes discipline and maturity to cut your vacation short in order to prepare for what is next. Good for them for being so driven!

  • Hockey Mom

    This is funny, but it’s just so true!

    The crazy thing is that in so many cases when a very powerful natural talent is involved, be it music, art, acting, or athletics it is usually the devil within that keeps the bearer of the talent from reaching their full potential.

    This is why I am so happy to see the other guys here trying to stay on track.

  • Bilal

    aw yeah!

  • dcr61288

    Internet ads are always great. Like late night infomercials

  • Sarah

    I couldn’t agree more that we should get back to hockey, but sadly, this is the nature of summer news. Have you seen ESPN lately?? Top story coverage of LeBron sending cupcakes to his neighbors, interrupted only to advertise naked pics of your favorite athletes you never wanted to see naked. Literally. “The Body Issue: It’s Okay to Stare.”
    I think, given that that’s what the Worldwide Leader is doing right now, RMNB is doing pretty well.

  • Pat Magee

    I’d also wanna get away from Russia as soon as possible.

  • ashambaugh@yahoo.com

    What are dates for Caps training camp?

  • ATPinDC

    Honestly, I’m much happier to have them here than there, given current events (not that I think there is impending military action, but I worry about travel problems). I would like Ovi to join them so I don’t worry about him.

  • OvechkinFiresAndScores08

    What does everyone have against MOJO?

  • Sarah

    No clue. <3 Mojo!

  • Jonah

    he couldn’t put a puck into a barn door even if bryzgalov was sitting in front of it.

  • Jonah

    it usually starts after labor day. right as school starts again.