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“For him, I guess he doesn’t have to worry about that in the back of his mind,” Mahoney said. “He can just get out there and play and practice and try to get himself ready to be a Washington Capital.”

And while the young Swede has made it clear he’s on a path back to Washington while Kutznetsov’s future is still cloudy, Forsberg didn’t disparage a guy he hopes to be teammates with in the future.

“You can take different ways. He choose to be back there in Russia for at least two more years,” he said. “Everyone goes their own way, so hopefully he can play for the team one day.”