As usual, Team Russia members gathered in Moscow to face the media before departing for the EuroHockeyTour stage, which will be in Sochi this time. Here’s what coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov told Shevchenko for the team’s official site:
Alexey Shevchenko: Those who didn’t make the EuroTour roster can’t hope for more? As you understand, I’m talking about Evgeny Kuznetsov. Zinetula Bilyaletdinov: It’s a very difficult question. We’ll follow him and right now I’m not ready to say if he’s got a chance or not. It’ll depend on how he’ll play in KHL regular season. If Evgeny plays the way he’s supposed to, he’ll get a chance.”
It’s also been announced that Traktor’s coach Valery Belousov will join Team Russia’s staff. Belousov declined to comment on Kuznetsov’s situation before meeting the rest of the coaches on Tuesday.