Rumors began swirling earlier this week that KHL forward Sergei Shumakov had mutually agreed to end his contract, opening the door for a new contract in the NHL. Initial top contenders were the Washington Capitals and New Yor Rangers, with some reports jumping the gun to say he had signed with the Capitals- which his agent denied.
The Capitals confirmed today that they have inked a new a one-year, two-way entry-level deal according to senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan. Shumakov’s contract will carry an average annual value of $925,000, a nice entry into the NHL for the 26-year old (on September 4).
So what are they getting for their money? He has been playing professionally since 2012 with the KHL on the left wing. Over his career he has played 145 games with 74 goals and 71 assists.
Sergei Shumakov, now free agent after contract termination, is looking for a deal in the NHL. Last season he scored 40 (17+23) points in 47 KHL games for CSKA with 15 min ATOI
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) August 27, 2018
As with most Russian players coming to the NHL, Shumakov will need some time to adjust to their style of play. The KHL rink is larger (wider), therefore there is less ice to navigate in the NHL. The western style of play is faster because of the shorter distance between goal lines, another adjustment Shumakov will have to make.
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Shumakov, 25, tied for first on CSKA Moscow with 40 points (17g, 23a) in 47 games in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) during the 2017-18 season and tied for 19th in points in the KHL. The 6’0″, 196-pound forward added another four points (2g, 2a) in 11 playoff games with CSKA Moscow, who reached the Gagarin Cup Final last season. The Chelyabinsk, Russia, native also led the KHL in plus/minus rating (+28) and was named the KHL player of the week on Nov. 8, 2017. Shumakov made his KHL debut with Sibir Novosibirsk in the 2011-12 season and has 145 points (74g, 71a) in 282 career games.