“A a lot of people that are concerned for” Evgeny Kuznetsov in Washington

“A a lot of people that are concerned for” Evgeny Kuznetsov in Washington

More serious than first reported?



The Washington Capitals recently announced that forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has entered the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program, meaning he is likely to miss the remainder of the 2023-24 season. Under the terms of the program, he can return to the team for practice and then games when cleared by administrators, but for now he will be away from the Capitals indefinitely while he receives care. Because of confidentiality rules, teams are not told details of a player’s absence.

However, some of his teammates made statements that make it sounds like Kuznetsov is dealing with some serious issues. When speaking with team insider Sammi Silber, head coach Spencer Carbery expressed some concern about his player and the little information he’s gotten about his condition.

“There’s not a lot of background of what we know. There’s not a lot of background information that they share with us, other than just the fact that he’s in the program. So, for us, as organization, staff, players, it’s just supporting him and his family as he gets the help that he needs.”

Teammate Tom Wilson also hinted at his concern for his friend and his family.

“It’s tough when you see a player and a teammate and a friend going through that,” Wilson said.

“Just let him know that we’re here for him, here for his family,” Wilson added. “He’s going through a tough time and supporting his family, his kids and him as a friend and a teammate is all we can do. Just let him know that we’re here for him, for whatever they need.”

The Capitals look to support Kuznetsov and his family as he gets the help that he needs. After all, the Russian forward has been an important member of the club for years and was the leading scorer on the 2018 Stanley Cup run.

Since, he has faced many struggled on and off the ice. In 2019, he was suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for “inappropriate conduct,” less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine.

The past seasons have been hard for Kuznetsov on the ice, and this year is no different. He has put up 17 points through 43 games. He could be dealing with issues off the ice that have been impacting his performance on it.

We wish him to get better soon.

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Source: Sammi Silber