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RW Evgeny Kuznetsov (2010, 26th overall, Washington)

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03-24-2012, 05:21 PM
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Kuznetsov: "I said I was staying [in KHL] just so they would leave me alone."

Shocker. Decision isn't exactly made. Probably will stay, but you never know.

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03-24-2012, 05:51 PM
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How bad for the KHL would it be if Radulov, Tarasenko, and Kuznetsov all played in the NHL next year?

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03-24-2012, 06:00 PM
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How bad for the KHL would it be if Radulov, Tarasenko, and Kuznetsov all played in the NHL next year?
3 players doesn't not a league make. KHL marketing sucks in general, so they'll bounce back eventually. Though, my KHL loving friends would easily trade Radulov for Semin, so there's a good chance they'll get something back.

Would be really cool if all the expected Russians would play in NHL next year, that would be a sweet potential Calder race.

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03-24-2012, 06:02 PM
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How bad for the KHL would it be if Radulov, Tarasenko, and Kuznetsov all played in the NHL next year?
Isnt that a bit like asking how bad it would be for the NFL if RGIII and Andrew Luck played in the CFL?

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03-24-2012, 06:45 PM
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How bad for the KHL would it be if Radulov, Tarasenko, and Kuznetsov all played in the NHL next year?
Really bad. Losing the three best Russian forwards in the KHL will of course be bad. It's like Crosby, Stamkos and Giroux deporting to another league at the same time. Actually worse, since the NHL has good young players to replace them. The KHL does not.

If the KHL cannot keep players like this it will never be more than a minor league. The KHL will need to keep its best players, one way or another. Old Morozov and Zaripov cannot continue to produce forever The KHL needs young blood.

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03-25-2012, 10:15 AM
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How bad for the KHL would it be if Radulov, Tarasenko, and Kuznetsov all played in the NHL next year?
Its obviously loss.

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03-25-2012, 10:30 AM
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Semin is a perfect comparison. The work ethic is work in progress. Also at times doesn't seem interested in the game. Still very talented

Prob a perfect fit for washington

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03-25-2012, 01:34 PM
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I'm not saying teams should avoid Russian players at all cost. Yakupov and grigorenko will be 1 and 2 but they are in NA already. It is all Foreign players not in NA. I hope NYI choose Alexander over Galchenyuk over Forsberg for this reason. Right now we waiting on Kiril petrov and Kabanov.
We just traded for yuri Alexandrov because his outcome is questionable.

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03-26-2012, 11:32 AM
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I'd be pretty disappointed if Kuznetsov doesn't come to the NHL next season and I'm not a Caps fan

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03-26-2012, 11:34 AM
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I'd be pretty disappointed if Kuznetsov doesn't come to the NHL next season and I'm not a Caps fan
Given the CBA uncertainty, I think he and Tarasenko will both end up in Russia for one more year.

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03-26-2012, 12:17 PM
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If the guy wants to stay in the KHL that's his call. It seems like his team in Russia has been very good to him. Not everyone is ready to come halfway across the world. Remember there was a team when the NHL was losing players to the WHA. It will be ok. People seem to act like all they are entitled to see all the best players in the world playing in the NHL. Not the case. It's their lives here.

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03-26-2012, 12:20 PM
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I think it's hilarious that anyone expects or expected Evgeny Kuznetsov to show his hand until the season is well and truly over. He's getting a mic shoved in his face every day, with only one question people want answered, but he's not going to answer it until the season is over.

This is exactly like a pending NHL free agent refraining from indicating in, say, January, that he has no plans to re-sign with his club in July. The player has no earthly reason to alienate his fan base any earlier than necessary. Wait until the season ends.

Now can you read the tea leaves? Not really. He might stay or switch KHL teams, or he might be planning to come over the North America, or he might legitimately still be making up his mind. We won't really know for sure until he no longer stands to tick off his home fans in the KHL with an early answer.

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03-26-2012, 01:40 PM
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If Kuznetsov wishes to remain in the KHL where he'll undoubtedly surplant Radulov for being the pin up boy of Russian hockey, making vast amounts of money in his native land with his wife, then who are we to complain or ridicule him for such a decision?

It may suck from an NHL perspective or disappoint Caps fans, but it's entirely his choice, and i imagine if many of us were in a similar situation (Money + Family + Fame + Home) we'd be thinking long and hard about all the viable options.

People need to stop treating players like they are objects or property of NHL organisations. They have their own agendas and desires, and it is entirely their choice on what they decide to do.

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03-26-2012, 01:49 PM
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If Kuznetsov wishes to remain in the KHL where he'll undoubtedly surplant Radulov for being the pin up boy of Russian hockey, making vast amounts of money in his native land with his wife, then who are we to complain or ridicule him for such a decision?

It may suck from an NHL perspective or disappoint Caps fans, but it's entirely his choice, and i imagine if many of us were in a similar situation (Money + Family + Fame + Home) we'd be thinking long and hard about all the viable options.

People need to stop treating players like they are objects or property of NHL organisations. They have their own agendas and desires, and it is entirely their choice on what they decide to do.
its not happening often but this time i do agree with you

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03-31-2012, 12:16 PM
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2 goals tonight but his team lost in overtime.

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03-31-2012, 12:35 PM
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Semin is a perfect comparison. The work ethic is work in progress. Also at times doesn't seem interested in the game. Still very talented

Prob a perfect fit for washington
i really dont see any semin in kuznetsovs game, malkin is a better comparison

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05-01-2012, 07:45 AM
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Kuznetsov signed 2 years deal with Tractor Chelyabinsk. So he stays in KHL till to Olympic games.

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05-01-2012, 11:35 AM
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Kuznetsov signed 2 years deal with Tractor Chelyabinsk. So he stays in KHL till to Olympic games.
Too bad.

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05-01-2012, 11:37 AM
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Yeah that's crappy, was really hoping that he would come to North America for next season. Let's hope that Tarasenko doesn't do something similar.

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Likely he will sign it. According to his words contract is not signed yet.

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I really don't think its that much pressure. If he really cared about the NHL it would be easy, he goes to Washington. But I'm sure its not torture in Chelyabinsk. He likes it there and now he gets a bonus - Olympic roster spot. He basically secured himself a spot on the OG roster. Hows that pressure, that's just good business. In reality if he didn't cut this deal do you think he would make the squad with all of the NHL Superheroes? Keep in mind in 2 years he will probably be competing for the final spots with guys like Tarasenko, Yakupov and Grigorenko. I think Galiev is going to be a big surprise in Washington as well.

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Kuznetsov signed 2 years deal with Tractor Chelyabinsk. So he stays in KHL till to Olympic games.
Does it hurt the russian players in this years draft?

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05-01-2012, 12:39 PM
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Does it hurt the russian players in this years draft?
I would have to imagine it does, somewhat. With that being said, teams now it's a realistic risk every single year.

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Does it hurt the russian players in this years draft?
That was the aim of KHL, to create a decent option for players at home. In the long run, it benefits the league, the country and eventually players- who don't have to leave home to earn a good living and play in a very good league. Russian people deserve to have a good hockey league in their backyard and not have to stay up to watch their 'sons and brothers' play in NHL.

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