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Report: Nashville Predators Kicked Tires On Caps’ Evgeny Kuznetsov



Will the Capitals stick with Kuznetsov?

The Nashville Predators, led by former Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, are believed to have inquired into Capitals’ center Evgeny Kuznetsov, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday.

Talks have quieted down of late, according to Friedman.

Kuznetsov, 31, is coming off a 55-point season — a down year, relative to his 78 points (24 goals, 54 assists) in 2021-22.

In May, it was reported that Kuznetsov was unhappy playing in Washington.

“He’s been wanting to change teams for a long time, he’s tired in Washington,” Sergei Fedotov, a purported friend of Kuznetsov’s, told

The Predators, who bought-out the final three seasons of Matt Duchene‘s contract on Friday, would have to acquire Kuznetsov via trade, but the team does have the requisite cap space to absorb the remainder of his contract — a $7.8 million cap hit in each of the next two seasons.

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Jared Serre covers the Washington Capitals for Washington Hockey Now. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.