Sept. 13, 2013
The Head coach of Chelyabinsk Tractor Valery Belousov talked about Evgeny Kuznetsov's possible departure to the NHL and his recent shoulder injury:
There was no broadcast from Podolsk. Would you shed light on what happened in the episode when Kuznetsov was injured?
It was during the first shift. The defenceman shot the puck to the corner, he went to pick it up and was hit by Rybin. Evgeny started to turn and hit the boards with his shoulder. I wouldn't say that it was unclean hit. In general you have to be prepared for this physical battle. But it shows that we were somewhat unprepared, either with Dynamo or with Vityaz. That's why the result of it is abysmal.
Evgeny slightly hinted in one of the interviews that if he was offered a long term contract in Russia, he would think about whether to stay or not. Do you think such an option is possible?
It all depends on him, I do not want to hold him in a sense that he has a great desire to play there. But after such an injury I don't know what will happen next. He is out for a long time, let's see how the rehabilitation will go, how he will feel. You can easily lose confidence. But we will help him in everything, will do everything for him to play the hockey he is the way he is able to. So we are looking forward for his speedy recovery.Source: http://hctraktor.org/main/news/?id=9672
We wish Evgeny the same with a hope that he will finally join Washington Capitals. It's about time.
Meanwhile Evgeny was admitted to "Bulldozer Hall of Fame", haha...
Here is the list of the players honored for "Bulldozer Hall of Fame":Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant (ChTZ) released the first batch of "personalized" B-10 bulldozers, each of which is named in honor of the Tractor hockey team's leading players.
Michael Garnett, Eugene Katichev, Andrei Popov, Anton Glinkin, Stanislav Chistov, Jan Bulis, Petri Kontiola, Konstantin Panov, Andrei Kostitsyn, Dmitry Ryabykin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, as well as the head coach Valery Belousov.
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