Top Capitals Players Resquested Trade After Refusing To Go Through A Rebuild

Julien Trekker
March 25, 2023  (7:06 PM)

According to a recent report from Match TV, Kuznetsov has expressed his desire to be traded away from the Capitals. This request was first made 2 years ago.

Kuznetsov Resquested Trade After Refusing To Go Through A Rebuilds

Match TV has learned that Washington forward Evgeny Kuznetsov is eager to exit the club on his own terms.

On Friday, North American media reported that Washington might trade Kuznetsov in the offseason. However, Match TV discovered that Kuznetsov has been requesting a trade from the Capitals for two years now, through his agent. Until now, the capital club was not prepared for this."

The trade request appears to stem from a strained relationship between Kuznetsov and the Capitals. Reports suggest that the Capitals considered trading Kuznetsov during the 2021 offseason, as he had become a source of annoyance for some team members.
Sportsnet reporter Elliotte Friedman added that Kuznetsov and Samsonov were late for a team meeting, leading the Capitals to lose further patience with him.
Capitals' GM Brian MacLellan did not deny these reports, stating in 2021:
«I think we're always open to trading people if it makes sense for what's going on and if it makes our team better,» MacLellan said. «I don't think anybody's off the table. We're not going to trade Ovi or Backy, those types of people, but you have to be open to anything. So we would talk to anybody about any player.»

Kuznetsov has two more years remaining on his contract, which carries a $7.8 million cap hit. His contract also features a modified no-trade clause, allowing him to provide a 10-team no-trade list.
This season, fans have observed a reduced role for Kuznetsov with the Capitals. He was demoted to the second line and replaced on the first line by Dylan Strome. His statistics have also significantly declined, as he was a near point-per-game player in the 2021-2022 season, registering 78 points in 79 games. Additionally, the Capitals are on track to miss the playoffs for the first time in nine years.
Kuznetsov has faced issues off the ice as well. He has been suspended for drug use, contracted COVID-19 twice, and received a team-imposed suspension for misconduct.
It appears that both parties are interested in a trade, but the crucial question
remains: which team will be willing to acquire Kuznetsov?