Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/28/13
When 30-year-old Ilya Kovalchuk walked away from the final 12 years and $77 million remaining on his contract with the New Jersey Devils for the opportunity to play in the KHL many wondered if Alex Ovechkin might consider doing the same. Ovechkin who has eight years and $79 million remaining on his 13-year $124 million contract with the Capitals turns 28 in September. But this is not about Ovechkin who during last year’s NHL lockout said he would consider staying in Russia. Ovechkin wants to win a Stanley Cup to solidify his status as one of the best players to ever lace ‘em up. This is about No. 1 Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov who on Friday told SovSport.ru that he would consider returning to Russia when he turns 30 and is still in “perfect physical condition.” Kuznetsov 21 remains one of the best hockey players not playing in the NHL. He would have – or at least could have – been the Caps’ answer at second-line center. But since being taken by the Caps with the 26th pick of the 2010 NHL draft Kuznetsov has spent the past three seasons playing for his hometown Chelyabinsk Traktor recording 116 points in 144 games.
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