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Kuznetsov on the road to becoming a Washington Capital

Accusations of fixed scores in ice dance and an emotional Bode Miller interview supplied plenty of controversy on this Presidents’ Day–until Washington Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov made a shocking announcement via Twitter.

К сожалению не долго осталось мне пожить в новое квартире!!!ведь очень скоро я уеду из россии….

— Evgeny Kuznetsov (@Kuzya92) February 17, 2014

While Google Translate is far from perfect, it provided the gist of Kuznetsov’s Tweet for those that don’t know Russian: “Unfortunately, not long from now I live in a new apartment! Because very soon I leave Russia.”

There’s only one logical explanation for why Kuzya is leaving his home in Russia: to come to play for the Washington Capitals. Are you doubting the validity of my inference? Check out the remainder of his Tweets, some of which were in response to Caps fans’ disbelief at the news.

@DerekGestl yes

— Evgeny Kuznetsov (@Kuzya92) February 17, 2014

Kuznetsov previously made known that he was in the process of obtaining a US visa, to the delight of Caps fans everywhere. After a disappointing season thus far, the Capitals are struggling for a playoff spot with just 23 games remaining. While their offense will surely gain a boost with the addition of Kuznetsov, Traktor Chelyabinsk–Kuznetsov’s current team–will feel the sting of losing one of its best players.

This news is almost too good to be true; after years of halfhearted promises, Kuznetsov will finally take the plunge and head to DC. It’s unknown when he could join the Capitals, but assuming that Traktor doesn’t qualify for the playoffs (or makes an early exit), one might assume sooner rather than later. His presence will surely shake things up, especially in light of the Capitals’ roster weaknesses and George McPhee‘s previous intent to re-sign fellow center Mikhail Grabovski.

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