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07-28-2013, 01:47 PM
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Ugh. Oh. He wants to go back to Russia when he turns 30?


Evgeny Kuznetsov is giving the Washington Capitals another headache.

Kuznetsov, drafted 26th overall by Washington in the 2010 NHL draft, told Russian website he will probably jump ship at 30.

“I think I’ll return to Russia from NHL when I’m 30,” the 21-year-old said.

The Capitals have yet to see Kuznetsov skate for them since using a first round selection to obtain his rights. The crafty forward has played the last four seasons with the Kontinental Hockey League’s Traktor Chelyabinsk.

Two weeks ago, Capitals general manager George McPhee told the team did not expect Kuznetsov for the start of training camp this fall.

So, it appears the absolute best-case scenario for Washington – Kuznetsov arriving in North America for the 2014-15 season and playing his whole NHL career for the Capitals – is limited to eight years.

Last season in the KHL, Kuznetsov registered 44 points in 51 games.

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