Missed remainder of 2005-06 due to wrist injury vs. Carolina, November 11, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 13, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, July 2, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Nottingham (Britain), September 24, 2012. Traded to Los Angeles. by Carolina with Carolina's 4th round choice (later traded to Edmonton Edmonton selected Kyle Platzer) in 2013 Entry Draft and Carolina's 6th round choice (Jake Marchment) in 2014 Entry Draft for Kevin Westgarth, January 13, 2013.
It was a big dream. [Messi] is probably the best athlete out there, so it's a big honor, for [Kuznetzov] as well. It's maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the best player in soccer right now. I'm a big Barcelona fan and Messi fan, so it's huge. You can take [Michael] Jordan, [Mark] Messier, [Wayne] Gretzky, those kinds of [people]. It's an honor to meet. It's nice to be in that position.
— Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin told told Monumental Network after meeting soccer star Lionel Messi prior to Argentina's practice at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Md. on Friday