The Washington Times - February 24, 2012, 12:32PM

The Washington Capitals have dealt with their fair share of injuries that have contributed to this season not living up to preseason expectations. But one injury Friday in Russia could have a long-term impact.

Blue chip prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov, whom the Caps want playing for them next year, suffered a right knee injury in his team’s Kontinental Hocky League game.


Playing for Traktor Chelyabinsk, Kuznestov appeared to suffer a knee injury after a hit in the final minutes. His agent, Jay Grossman, said in an email “no details yet on extent.”

“Obviously, looked like a flagrant hit on knee,” Grossman wrote. “In lots of pain.

Sport-Express, citing Kuznetsov’s Russian agent, reported a severe bruise and Kuznetsov possibly missing three weeks. Traktor released the injury as “slight damage to the knee ligaments,” according to Sport-Express’ Slava Malamud.

Officially, the Caps were not offering much in the way of comments earlier in the day.

“We are aware that Evgeny Kuznetsov sustained an injury during his last game with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia,” team spokesman Sergey Kocharov said in an email. “We are currently in the process of gathering all of the information.”