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Kuznetsov clears waivers, loaned to AHL

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Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov cleared waivers Sunday and has been loaned to the AHL's Hershey Bears, the team announced.

Kuznetsov was made available Saturday, shortly after the NHL and NHLPA cleared him to resume practicing with the Capitals after entering the follow-up care phase of the player assistance program.

"It's about a fresh start for Kuzy," general manager Brian MacLellan said Saturday, according to The Associated Press. "He’s been looking for a change in an environment, and I think this might set the wheels in motion for that to be accomplished."

Kuznetsov isn't eligible to play any NHL games yet. He entered the assistance program Feb. 5.

The 31-year-old recorded 17 points in 43 contests before being ruled out indefinitely. Kuznetsov is in his 11th season after the Capitals drafted him 26th overall in 2010.

Kuznetsov is under contract through 2025 at a cap hit of $7.8 million. He has a 10-team no-trade clause for the remainder of his deal.

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