As a massively interesting summer commences in Washington for the Capitals, a popular rumor has been a potential trade of center Evgeny Kuznetsov. A few weeks ago, it was reported that the Capitals could look to trade him in the offseason.
On Wednesday, general manager Brian MacLellan didn’t shoot down those rumors.
"I think we're always open to trading people if it makes sense for what's going on,” MacLellan said. “If it's going to make our team better, I think we're open to it. I don't think anybody's off the table. We're not going to trade Ovi or Backy and those type of people, but I think you have to be open on anything. We would talk to anybody about any player."
Kuznetsov is now halfway through his eight-year $62.4 million deal, but since the Capitals won the Stanley Cup in 2018, he hasn’t regained the same level of dominance that led the team to a championship.