Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov on Trade Rumors: “It Doesn’t Bother Me At All…I’m Never Going To Complain About Anything If I Understand It”

On Tuesday, Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov spoke to the media during the players’ exit interviews. Breakdown day comes following Sunday’s Game 5 loss to the Boston Bruins, which eliminated the Capitals in the first round of the playoffs for the third consecutive season. He discussed how this season has been a tough one and why he’s not worried about the trade rumors that have stirred over the last several months.

Kuznetsov called the season and playoff series “not an easy one.” “Tough year, you know? We didn’t get where we wanted to be and it’s always frustrating for everybody.” He wants to “work on some things” and “get back to work.”

He said it was “nice” returning to the ice after testing positive for COVID-19 the first time back in January, but noted that the “second time was tough” in early May. “It’s not easy, but I’m looking for excuses. I know I have to play better…If I am going to be the first person with the vaccination and get COVID twice already and get it [a] third time, so I don’t know, I may be the special one.”

“I think it’s normal when a new coach comes and he wants to understand every player,” Kuznetsov said on head coach Peter Laviolette, adding, “During the year…we find a way to communicate and I think we have a great relationship between us and there is nothing to worry about.”

“No, it doesn’t bother me at all,” Kuznetsov said with a chuckle in response to the rumors of him being traded during the offseason. He understands the business and said, “My job is to be in shape, practice, and perform on the ice…I’m a nice person and I’m never going to complain about anything if I understand it.”

Kuznetsov expects to be back with the Capitals next season. “I like this team. I like to be here,” he said. “This organization…the team did a lot of good things for me and I believe I have done some good things also…Whatever [is] going to happen, this is life, but as I said, I want to be here. I want to be with these guys.”

Kuznetsov said he plans to stay in D.C. this summer and have more opportunities with his family. “I’m learning and I’ll get better as a person because I understand that the kids [have] grown already. They need their father next to them and they need to feel that power from a father.”

“This is the franchise player…he’s going to retire here for sure, in my opinion,” Kuznetsov said on pending unrestricted free agent and captain Alex Ovechkin. “I don’t think I can imagine him wearing a different jersey just based on what he’s done for this team and what he means for this organization, for the city, for the fans, for everybody.”

By Della Young

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Della Young is a fiction writer based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area and an online student attending Full Sail University. She got her start in the entertainment industry at age seven as an actress. At the young age of nine, Della wrote a psychological thriller short story that sparked her interest in creative writing. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for sports. In her spare time, Della enjoys photography, traveling, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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3 Responses to Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov on Trade Rumors: “It Doesn’t Bother Me At All…I’m Never Going To Complain About Anything If I Understand It”

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s really difficult to ascertain what exactly is going on with Kuzy. He says all the right things.

  2. steve says:

    Maybe it’s time to part ways from him.

  3. Scottlew73 says:

    I believe it’s a quote from a mid 80’s movie but here goes “… We may be dealing with the dumbest man on the face of the earth!” The one thing that truly frightens me is him talking about his family! 99% do everything possible to protect thier families from illness,etc. He seems to welcome it in!!! Can’t see a huge line up forming for a selfish,narcissistic player who can’t buy into ” What’s best for team Mentality “? If he’s moved Caps will be stuck for @ least 75-90% of his contract because nobody is that desperate to bring in Problem Child!! Does the name Evander Kane ring a bell!

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