Kuznetsov expected to make Capitals debut Monday vs. Penguins

Mar 8, 5:14 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov will make his Capitals debut Monday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington.

The 21-year old has played in North America before, however, appearing in three World Junior tournaments for Russia which were hosted in Saskatoon (2010), Buffalo (2011) and Calgary/Edmonton (2012). In 20 games over the course of those tournaments, Kuznetsov registered 12 goals and 14 assists.

Kuznetsov is scheduled to participate in his first practice with the Capitals on Sunday.

Mar 9, 11:08 AM

Adam Oates has final decision on whether Kuznetsov will play for Capitals on Monday

Mar 9, 11:08 AM

The newest member of the Washington Capitals, Evgeny Kuznetsov, is poised to make his NHL debut Monday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Kuznetsov decided to make his way to the NHL from Chelyabinsk, Russia after a disappointing season with the KHL's Traktor Chelyabinsk.

The 21-year-old skated Sunday morning at the Capitals' practice facility and signed autographs for fans afterward. If head coach Adam Oates feels Kuznetsov is ready to play, he will, according to the forward himself.

Mar 8, 1:06 PM

Capitals agree to terms with Kuznetsov on entry-level deal

Mar 8, 1:06 PM

The Washington Capitals have finally lured 2010 draft pick Evgeny Kuznetsov over to the NHL.

The Capitals and Kuznetsov have agreed to terms on a two-year, entry-level deal. Kuznetsov is en route to Washington and will suit up on Sunday for practice.

The 21-year-old had 21 points in 31 games for his KHL team Traktor Chelyabinsk. He led the team in scoring the last three seasons.

Mar 8, 9:31 AM

Kuznetsov: 'Even dogs in Chelyabinsk were barking at me, 'get out of here''

Mar 8, 9:31 AM

The Washington Capitals will have a new addition to their team in prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has played the beginning of his career in Russia with KHL team Traktor Chelyabinsk.

The forward had his contract terminated and is en route to joining the Capitals with a flight to Washington scheduled for Saturday according to R-sport.

Kuznetsov had an injury-plagued season and did not make the Russian Olympic team. Kuznetsov decided to leave for the NHL after Chelyabinsk missed the playoffs.

Mar 6, 4:31 PM

Evgeni Kuznetsov's KHL contract terminated by Traktor Chelyabinsk

Mar 6, 4:31 PM

It appears the Evgeni Kuznetsov era may be set to begin in Washington, as the Capitals prospect has been released from his contract in the KHL, according to the league's Facebook page.

The contract of forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and Traktor has been terminated. The termination was caused by the player. The agreement with the player was supposed to expire on April 30th, 2014. Kuznetsov has played his whole professional career for hometown Traktor, playing in 251 KHL games, in which he scored 157 points (78 goals, 89 assists).

This announcement paves the way for the 21-year-old to sign an entry-level deal with Washington, almost four years after he was drafted 26th overall by the club; as per Ted Starkey of SB Nation, the deal is likely to be a standard two-year contract worth $900K, plus incentives.

As such, Capitals fans can soon expect to see Kuznetsov's exceptional skill on display, as evidenced here in his final goal for Traktor.

Mar 4, 10:11 AM

Report: Evgeni Kuznetsov will report to Capitals shortly

Mar 4, 10:11 AM

KHL side Traktor Chelyabinsk plays their final regular season game today and according to a report from Sports.ru, super prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov will join the Washington Capitals shortly thereafter. 

While Kuznetsov's agent reminded the press that the 21-year-old forward is still under contract with Traktor, the talented Russia winger has been telling people he's headed for the NHL for weeks now.

Kuznetsov even bought a zamboni and gave it as a gift to Traktor's hockey academy as a thank you present. 

Will one of the best players outside the NHL join the Capitals this week? Or will he participate in the Nadezhda Cup tournament with Traktor? Reports and Kuznetsov's recent comments would suggest that the former is more likely.

Feb 27, 10:23 AM

Evgeni Kuznetsov plans to live with Alex Ovechkin in Washington

Feb 27, 10:23 AM

Traktor Chelyabinsk has fallen out of the KHL's playoff picture, and, as a result, 21-year-old Evgeni Kuznetsov continues to plan his move to Washington at season's end.

Kuznetsov has scored seven goals and added 12 assists in an injury-shortened season, but could prove to be a nice addition for the Capitals heading down the stretch.

Of course, Traktor's playoff fate has yet to be sealed and a contract would have to be worked out between player and team before any move can be made official.

Feb 21, 3:15 PM

Washington GM not expecting Kuznetsov to join Capitals this season

Feb 21, 3:15 PM

Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee has commented on reports that Russian forward Evgeni Kuznetsov is set to join his team at some point this season, telling the Washington Post he's not expecting to have the 2010 first-round pick in the lineup anytime soon.

“We’re proceeding as if he’s not going to be here,” McPhee said. “And until he’s no longer playing in the KHL there’s probably not a lot that I can comment on there. He’s under contract and playing over there.”

In short, McPhee appears reluctant to comment until Kuzentsov's KHL team - Traktor Chelyabinsk - has completed their season. Depending on how they advance in the playoffs, the 21-year-old will remain under contract with Traktor and therefore unavailable to the Capitals.

Feb 17, 3:40 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov leaving Russia to join the Capitals

Feb 17, 3:40 PM

Washington Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov took to Twitter to make an important announcement on Monday, as paraphrased here by Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo Sports.

The 21-year-old even posted a picture of him packing his "luggage".

Chesnokov added "For all asking, @Kuzya92 says unfortunately it's not long left for him to live in his new condo as he's leaving Russia soon."

Kuznetsov remains under contract with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL, a team that is currently holding down a playoff spot with the regular season set to wrap up on March 4. 

As the potential eighth seed, Traktor would be on track to meet league powerhouse Metallurg in the first round, where a victory would be considered a massive upset. As such, Kuznetsov could join the Capitals at some point in mid-March, providing a boost for a team fighting to qualify for NHL playoffs.

As outlined by Adam Vignan of NBC Washington, when Kuznetsov does make the move to Washington, he will have to sign a two-year, entry-level contract; "he will be 22 on Sept. 15 of this year, and 22- and 23-year-olds are required to sign two-year ELCs, per the NHL collective bargaining agreement." 

Since he was drafted in 2010, his maximum base salary per season will be $900,000; as per Capgeek, the Capitals will have just under $2-million in cap space once play resumes after the Olympics.

In 27 games for Traktor this season, Kuznetsov has scored seven goals and added ten assists. 

So after four long years, it appears as though Capitals fans will finally get a look at another young Russian who will bring no shortage of offensive firepower along with him.

Jan 19, 9:39 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov vows to leave KHL, join Capitals

Jan 19, 9:39 AM

The Washington Capitals invested their 26th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft on Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, only to have received nothing in return since.

Now in his fifth season with Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL -- where he is making $3.8 million per season -- Kuznetsov has vowed to leave his home country, via the Russian Sport-Express.