Elliotte Friedman: Evgeny Kuznetsov was rumored to be offered $10 million a season to return to KHL
The Washington Capitals’ offseason plan went haywire when the team re-signed Evgeny Kuznetsov to an expensive eight-year, $62.4 million contract. The deal made Kuznetsov the eighth-highest paid center in the NHL and the highest-paid pivot on the Capitals. It forced the team to trade its third-leading goalscorer Marcus Johansson, in a salary-dump deal to the New Jersey Devils.
The Caps had hoped to get Kuznetsov at a lower number, but the KHL influenced the negotiations. And now we potentially know how much via Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.