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BOCA RATON, Fla. -- George McPhee saw the crowd gathering at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at 8 a.m. Sunday and was taken aback by the buzz the Washington Capitals fans and media were creating on what can typically be a lazy morning for most people.
Evgeny Kuznetsov was taking the ice for the first time with the Capitals after signing his contract Saturday. It was a moment nearly four years in the making.
The Capitals drafted Kuznetsov with the No. 26 pick at the 2010 NHL Draft. McPhee knew the star Russian teenager wouldn't be coming to Washington then or for the next few years, but he never thought it would take until March 9, 2014, for Kuznetsov to finally arrive.
"It's just nice to have him," a relieved McPhee said Monday from the NHL general managers' meeting. "It's been a long time without him."