NHL notebook: Capitals sign Russian forward
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.
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