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Coming into training camp, Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov was looking forward to his third full season of hockey in North America. A couple of months into the season though, his hopes and expectations remain unfulfilled, as Orlov started the season in Hershey, then lost some time battling an eye infection, and then spent the rest of the time alternating between a healthy scratch with the Caps and an occasional game or two with the Bears. While there had been speculation regarding the reasons behind Dima’s numerous short-term assignments to Hershey followed by gameless call-ups to the Capitals, last night, The Washington Post’s Katie Carrera’s finally shone light on this mystery – a special clause in Orlov’s contract allows him to sign a deal in the KHL if he is not on NHL roster for at least 30 days this season by January 1st.

Just a couple of hours before the Capitals announced that Orlov was returned to Hershey for the fifth time this season, we caught up with Dima after the Caps’ morning practice and talked about the situation and how he is handling it.

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Igor Kravchuk’s standing to the left, Bilyaletdinov is to the right.

Russian national team head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov was at Verizon Center on Friday. Bilyaletdinov, together with Team Russia’s North American scout former NHLer Igor Kravchuk, watched three potential Russian Olympians: Alex Ovechkin, Andrey Markov, and Alexei Emelin. A few nights before, Bilyaletdinov was at Verizon Center to watch Evgeni Malkin play the Capitals.

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Maria at the Caps game last Tuesday. (Photo via maria-kirilenko)

Alex Ovechkin’s main squeeze is a big deal. Maria Kirilenko is ranked 19th in the world in women’s singles tennis. Like her fiance, she is a serious competitor and a world traveler– playing tournaments all around the globe every year. Alex and Maria have a lot in common– except for location. In a recent interview with Glamour Magazine, Kirilenko details how she and Ovi keep in touch when they’re apart (it involves selfies) and how she manages her competitive spirit.

I have your translation below.

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In an interview to Alexey Shevchenko of KHL Fanzone in September, Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov emphasized his eagerness to jump to the NHL after the season’s end yet again. However, he said that a five- to seven-year offer in Russia might get him “thinking.”

It’s tough to blame Kuznetsov for wanting a secure financial future, but there’s one problem: He will never get that type of deal in the KHL. Let’s examine Kuznetsov’s comments from the interview.

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CSKA Moscow acquired the KHL rights to Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov on Wednesday, as well as those of another youngster from Novokuznetsk who has struggled to secure a spot in the NHL, Ivan Telegin. Some wondered what it may or may not mean for the young defenseman’s NHL career, including another promising Russian youngster who just so happens to be property of the Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is getting married to Maria Kirilenko. We know that; there’s a ring. But what about the date? Up until now, there has been nothing but speculation and rumors. Some of those rumors, to Ovi’s bemusement, implied that he had allegedly cancelled or postponed the wedding. A few days ago Ovechkin promised Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov a call as soon as the date is set.

Enter Troy Brouwer, who spoke to another Sovetsky Sport reporter, Leonid Varshavsky, on Tuesday.

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The days leading up to the start of the 2013-14 NHL season have been busy for Alexander Ovechkin. Between training sessions and preseason games, the Washington Capitals’ captain jetted across the ocean to perform his duties as Russia’s first carrier in the Olympic Torch Relay– and somehow managed to top it off with an extensive interview with Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport, in which he talked about his dogs, his distinct Twitter style, and why he thinks the Capitals will contend for the Stanley Cup this year.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov: Rocking the Red …or the Red Army?

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September 27th Update: Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov reports that Evgeny Kuznetsov will not be conscripted into the Russian army (via a source close to Kuzya).

I will not write any more stories about when Kuznetsov is coming to Washington…

I will not write any more stories about when Kuznetsov is coming to Washington…

I will not write any more stories about when Kuznetsov is coming to Washington…

Just when we decided that Evgeny Kuznetsov’s days in the KHL are numbered, his local draft board has mucked up the works.

Quick recap: come next season or sooner if Traktor’s postseason ends early, Kuznestov will join the Caps– unless a gazillion-ruble, long-term deal is foisted on him (unlikely in the KHL). RMNB no longer needed to relay the latest quotes from Kuzya or his agent or his team or KHL officials, because the matter was all but settled.

Enter Alexander Bochkarev, head of Chelyabinsk regional Voenkomat (military commissariat), basically the equivalent of a local draft board in the US.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov is a Bulldozer

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Washington Capitals top-rated prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov is out of action for at least a few weeks recovering from his recent shoulder surgery. But another Evgeny Kuznetsov, also a native of Chelyabinsk, is apparently ready to go to work.

The other Kuznetsov is no mercurial youngster with a propensity for spectacular goals and controversial interviews. Instead, he weighs about 20 metric tons, moves at a top speed of 5.5 mph, and does its work on caterpillar tracks rather than skates.

Yeah, someone named a bulldozer after Evgeny Kuznetsov.

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Washington Capitals top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov is currently at home recuperating from shoulder surgery. Two weeks ago, Kuznetsov took an awkward run into the boards during Traktor Chelyabinsk’s second regular season game of the year. Kuznetsov did not finish the game and flew to Germany to be examined before ultimately undergoing surgery on his shoulder.

Traktor Chelyabinsk head coach Valery Belousov spoke to Traktor’s official website on Thursday, providing more insight  as to how Kuznetsov got injured. He also spoke about Kuzya’s recent comments regarding staying in Russia if he were offered a 5- to 7-year contract.

RMNB’s Fedor Fedin has your translation.

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