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Reactions to Kuznetsov's suspension, here and abroad

august 24, 2019
The reaction to Evgeny Kuznetsov's suspension and how it will affect his immediate future and his career is provoking a lot of different reactions. Back in Russia, the opinions are mixed. His former coaches are sympathetic to his plight. Hockey legend Slava Fetisov, who is now a member of the Russian parliament, was extremely critical, saying that Kuznetsov put a stain on the honor of Russian hockey just as it was attempting to recover for the PR disasters of the last few years, when North American players came back with horror stories of playing in Russia.

But in North America, where anyone other than Caps fans has no horse in the race, the reaction has been a combination of condemnation and humor. Russian news agency RIA has scoured Twitter and the majority of fans feel that Kuznetsov should face some sort of sanction from the NHL and are surprised that the league testing policy does not include automatic suspensions for substances like cocaine. More abuse came from GordieDownie who said that Kuznetsov must have practiced with 80s Oilers team, referring to a mid 80s scandal where several Oilers were caught using hard drugs.

But perhaps the cruelest cut came from former NHL and KHL veteran Zach Boychuck.

FEBRUARY 27, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
DOMINIK KUBALIK
3 - 3
BOBBY RYAN
3 - 3
MATT DUMBA
2 1 3
RYAN STROME
2 1 3
MIKAEL BACKLUND
1 2 3
KEVIN FIALA
1 2 3
RYAN ELLIS
- 3 3
CHRIS TIERNEY
- 3 3
MIKAEL GRANLUND
2 - 2
RASMUS ANDERSSON
1 1 2
CONNOR BROWN
1 1 2
KYLE CONNOR
1 1 2
RYAN DONATO
1 1 2
ADAM FOX
1 1 2
RYAN HARTMAN
1 1 2
JUSTIN HOLL
1 1 2
ZACH HYMAN
1 1 2
NIKITA KUCHEROV
1 1 2
BRAD MARCHAND
1 1 2
AUSTON MATTHEWS
1 1 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
64 99
DAVID PASTRNAK
65 90
CONNOR MCDAVID
58 87
ARTEMI PANARIN
62 87
NATHAN MACKINNON
62 85
BRAD MARCHAND
65 81
PATRICK KANE
64 79
NIKITA KUCHEROV
62 78
JACK EICHEL
62 77
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
64 77
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
65 46
AUSTON MATTHEWS
65 44
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
63 43
LEON DRAISAITL
64 37
SEBASTIAN AHO
62 36
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
64 62
JOHN CARLSON
64 57
CONNOR MCDAVID
58 56
ARTEMI PANARIN
62 55
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
64 55
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
64 72
ROMAN JOSI
63 58
VICTOR HEDMAN
62 53
QUINN HUGHES
62 51
ALEX PIETRANGELO
64 48
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
62 51
CALE MAKAR
54 45
DOMINIK KUBALIK
62 43
VICTOR OLOFSSON
48 40
NICK SUZUKI
66 40
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
47 32
JORDAN BINNINGTON
47 29
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
49 27
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
53 27
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
46 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
32 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
46 5
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
53 5
CAREY PRICE
55 4
JAMES REIMER
25 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS