Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov enters the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov has entered the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. Kuznetsov will be away from the team indefinitely while he receives care. The Capitals are now preparing to play the foreseeable future without the 31-year-old Russian. They recalled Michael Sgarbossa from the American Hockey League. Kuznetsov is in the middle of another disappointing season in Washington with 17 points through 43 games. He’s the fourth player this season announced to be in the program after Columbus’ Patrik Laine and Colorado’s Samuel Girard and Valeri Nichushkin.

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