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It took the Capitals nearly four years to sign Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov. When they finally did Saturday, general manager George McPhee compared the new forward to a mythical creature.

“It's kind of like seeing the Loch Ness Monster when he walked in,” McPhee said. “We've heard you, but we haven't seen you. And there he was. I found it hard to believe he was standing there after all this.”

Kuznetsov. selected in the first round — 26th overall — in the 2010 NHL draft, is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound winger who spent the last four years playing for his hometown team, Chelyabinsk Traktor of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

• Blue Jackets rookie defenseman Ryan Murray will miss four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Murray, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NHL draft, has three goals and 17 assists this season.

• Mike Modano, the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history, had his No. 9 retired before Saturday's Stars game.

— AP

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