Before we begin, some background:
In May, Brian MacLellan gave an open-ended response about about trading Caps forward Evgeny Kuznetsov. In June, Frank Seravalli reported that the Caps were “tired of Kuznetsov’s antics” and ready to move on after the Caps would pay Kuznetsov his $5 million signing bonus in July. And just last week, Seravalli linked Kuznetsov potentially to the New York Rangers.
But on Saturday night, Caps general manager Brian MacLellan walked back the trade hype.