According to multiple reports, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender prospect Ivan Nalimov has terminated his contract in the KHL with the Admiral Vladivostok because of payment issues.
However, that doesn't mean the 22-year-old goalie has plans to come in North America. Not yet, at least.
His agent, Shumi Babaev, said his client has no intention of leaving the KHL for now, since the Hawks already have two netminders under contract in the AHL until the end of next season. Here's what he said, according to The Athletic's Scott Powers:
"Babaev said the 23-year-old Nalimov would rather play in the KHL than the AHL, which is where he'd likely be placed if he signed an entry-level contract with the Blackhawks. Babaev mentioned the fact that Anton Forsberg was under contract with the Blackhawks for two more years and how that likely meant Nalimov wouldn't have a route to the NHL during that time."
Powers also noted that Nalimov has been one the the best goaltenders in the Kontinental Hockey League over the past few months:
"Nalimov has been the KHL's hottest goalie in the past few months. He's second in the KHL with a .942 save percentage and has faced 265 more shots than the save percentage leader. Nalimov has stopped 532-of-565 shots this season."
Babaev also mentioned that at least five KHL teams are interested in signing him. It certainly won't take long before Nalimov finds a new organization.