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While Evgeny Kuznetsov led the Caps in playoff goals (along with Alex Ovechkin) and carved out a spot in the top six last year, he doesn’t seem satisfied. Wednesday morning via a photo from @jgains, the Caps’ second-line center was out at Kettler alone doing skating and shooting drills. And apparently, this has been a routine thing.

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On Monday, the Capitals announced they had signed Evgeny Kuznetsov to a two-year, $6 million contract.

“I’m very happy to be here two more years,” Kuznetsov told reporters in a conference room at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, adding that talks originally centered around a longer deal.

“It’s probably good for me and good for the Caps too,” the Russian forward said of his so-called bridge deal. “I have two more years to show my hockey. It’s always motivation for you when have one, two years. Maybe long contract is good too but I’ve never been in that situation.”

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We’ve got at least two more years of Evgeny Kuznetsov ahead. The 23-year-old RFA forward has signed a two-year bridge contract with the Washington Capitals with an average annual value of $3 million, the Caps announced on Monday.

That’s another solid signing in a summer filled with solid signings.

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Over the last decade, Caps fans have gotten to know Alex Ovechkin and watched him become one of the greatest goal scorers of all-time. Along the way, we’ve also been exposed to Ovi’s style of communication. There’s always lots of ha ha‘s and exclamation points. And parentheses.

Parenthesis use on social media grew out of Russia as an alternative to smilies. It’s similar to the use of terms like LOL, ROFL, and LIRL— just coded in a simpler way.

Have you seen those Discovery documentaries about elephant language? This is pretty much it.

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On Tuesday, Evgeny Kuznetsov and teammate Dmitry Orlov flew home to Russia. By Wednesday, Kuznetsov was already dishing to the Russian media.

While speaking with Moscow sports radio station 93.2 SportFM, Kuznetsov spoke about his first season playing under Barry Trotz and the differences between the NHL and KHL. He sounded like Christopher Columbus discovering a new world.

Igor Kleyner has your translation.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov: 2014-15 Season Review

After his first full season in the NHL, Evgeny Kuznetsov’s play has convinced his head coach that the Caps’ hole at second-line center is filled. But some of the underlying numbers indicate Kuznetsov still has some work to do if he wants to be a second-line center on a contending team.

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We have some breaking Caps travel news to report. Caps Russians Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov boarded a flight at Dulles this afternoon and flew home. Orlov said in his caption, “Have a good summer everyone” in English while sporting some ridiculous slippers.

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Thursday night, Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kan. and Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield, Mo., became the co-champions of the 2015 Scripps Spelling Bee held in Oxon Hills, Maryland. That’s cool and all, but the night before the stakes were even higher when NBC4 held their own Sports Spelling Bee during the final five minutes of their 6pm telecast.

Dianna Russini asked Doreen Gentzler to spell the name of Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer. Easy peasy. Then Jim Vance rifled off the name of Redskins center Kory Lichtensteiger suspiciously – almost too suspiciously – fast. Once they were done with those DC sports scrubs, Russini got to a real superstar: Evgeny Kuznetsov.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov has always been good at celebrating goals. We’ve seen him kayak down the ice, do push-ups, play dead on the ice, do a baseball slide, start an invisible lawnmower, and whatever this actually is I still have no idea.

Before the season, Kuznetsov participated in the NHL Rookie Challenge. Upper Deck asked him to come up with the most creative goal celebration he could imagine. (I’m guessing this came after the figure skating.) Kuznetsov did not disappoint.

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On Saturday, Evgeny Kuznetsov visited Fire Station 4 in Clarendon to get help installing a baby seat in his car. On Monday, we found out why. His wife Nastia gave birth to the couple’s first child. It’s a girl. The Capitals reported on Twitter that both mom and the baby are doing well.

Kuznetsov first shared the news on Instagram with a photo of his new daughter’s tiny feet. His caption reads in Russian: “I am a dad. Thank you for my daughter, my love.” On Twitter, he says pretty much the same thing, but refers to himself as Batya, which means father in Russian.

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