A huge payday awaits Evgeny Kuznetsov this summer. The Russian center morphed into a superstar last season, leading the Capitals in regular season points and participating in his first career NHL All-Star Game.
This season, Kuznetsov has an inside track to becoming the team’s first line center. Pairing the upcoming restricted free agent with his friend Alex Ovechkin — one of the greatest goal scorers of all-time — could open Kuzy up to more personal success and a bigger payday.
When Caps radio announcer John Walton asked Kuznetsov if he wanted to play with Ovi to start the season, the Chelyabinsk native said yes, but had a very thoughtful response about why it didn’t matter all that much.
This morning, Kettler Capitals Iceplex was buzzing with Washington Capitals arriving back in town from the World Cup of Hockey. Our favorite Russians, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov hit the ice on the same line along with the Caps’ new right winger, Brett Connolly. Dmitry Orlov skated later on a pair with Matt Niskanen.
RMNB photog and Capitals beat writer Chris Gordon was on site to capture this historic occasion. Take a look!
NHL Russia mic’d up Caps center Evgeny Kuznetsov during the Russia/North America World Cup of Hockey game and the video is a must watch.
Kuzy is revealed to be a chatty player during games, frequently talking strategy and instructing players where to go on the ice – even veteran Pavel Datsyuk.
Then there are Kuzy’s priceless interactions with on-ice officials and players. After scoring a beautiful, coast-to-coast goal, Kuzy did a flapping bird celebration and high-fived his teammates at the Team Russia bench. Kuznetsov then began yelling at an unknown North America player (possibly Mark Scheifele) skating off the ice. “HEY? SOMETHING LIKE THAT?!” Kuznetsov screams. “Something like that? Something like that?”
Kuznetsov was also asked by an official about how he likes his steak. “I like medium rare,” a smiling Kuznetsov said in English. “They don’t have baked potato in Russia.”
Monday, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his first goal in the World Cup of Hockey. Kuzy took the puck end-to-end before depositing the puck past Matt Murray on his forehand.
Caps forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has had a slow start to the World Cup of Hockey and in the process gotten demoted from Russia’s first line pivot to the team’s fourth line wing. Sunday against Team Sweden, Kuzy started showing signs of what made him the Caps leading scorer last year.
Late in the second period with both teams playing down a man, Kuznetsov busted down the right wing and sent a pass behind his body to Nikolay Kulemin. The Twister Pass is back, people.
There was once a time Evgeny Kuznetsov and Filip Forsberg fought neck-and-neck to be the top-rated prospect in the Caps organization.
Fast forward a few years later, Kuznetsov is one of the best players on the Washington Capitals and Forsberg is one of the best players on the Nashville Predators. Sunday, the two played against each other during Russia/Sweden game at the World Cup of Hockey.
Kuznetsov punched Forsberg. In the jaw.
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