There hasn't been much rest in Nikita Kucherov's extended offseason. After helping lead Russia to a bronze medal at the World Championships in mid-May, Kucherov, 24, returned to Tampa in early June. He's been skating locally five-to-six days a week for more than a month, including Tuesday's solo workout at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. Kucherov has also privately begun to work out any perceived issues with the Lightning. The All-Star wing met in late June with general manager Steve Yzerman, discussing some harshly-translated comments he made in the Russian media in late April. Kucherov had told Sovetsky Sport, a Russian daily sports newspaper, that some Tampa Bay players "got their money and stopped working." Kucherov also lamented how often the coaching staff changed lines. "(Kucherov and Yzerman) did have a meeting," Dan Milstein, Kucherov's agent, told The Tampa Bay Times. "They got on the same page. There's no disagreements. "Everything is good. What was said is done, stays in the past." Kucherov passed on an interview request Tuesday, and it's unclear when he'll be available with training camp still more than a month away. Milstein maintains Kucherov's quotes came out of frustration, the Lightning having gone from preseason Stanley Cup favorite to missing the playoffs.
Agent: Kucherov cleared air with Yzerman, focused on Cup run
Tampa Bay Times | Aug 2