When the names of restricted free agents filing for arbitration was released Sunday, there were two Washington Capitals listed: Marcus Johansson and Braden Holtby. Missing from the list, however, was Evgeny Kuznetsov, as it appears the Capitals and the 23-year-old center are close to a deal.
According to a report from The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt, Kuznetsov’s agent, Maxim Molliver, says the Capitals are working towards a two- or three-year contract extension that would keep Kuznetsov in Washington. A short-term deal of that length means Kuznetsov would remain an RFA upon completion of the contract.
“I think we have a good dialogue,” Molliver told Prewitt. “We’re motivated to get it done. We’re having good conversations with the Caps.”
Reportedly, the deal could be worth somewhere in the $3 million range per season. Read more