According to a report from Russian hockey insider Aivis Kalnins, KHL sniper Sergei Shumakov has had his contract terminated by CSKA Moscow so that he can pursue NHL options. Kalnins goes on to report that Shumakov is being pursued by the New York Rangers, which flies in the face of an earlier report that he’d signed with the Washington Capitals.
Sergei Shumakov and CSKA Moscow have parted ways. Now we wait to see if Shumakov’s next step is a contract with NY Rangers or he has different plans.
CSKA Moscow and forward *Sergei* *Shumakov* have agreed to mutual contract termination.
*Shumakov* had 17 goals and 23 assists in 47 games last season and plans on signing a NHL contract.
Washington Capitals and New York Rangers are the most likely landing spots.
KHL reporter Pavel Lysenkov reported yesterday that Shumakov had signed a deal with the Capitals in a translated tweet that reads:
“Sergei Shumakov signed a contract with Washington. Two-way, entry level $925,000 for one season.”
That report was quickly refuted by Shumakov’s agent who said, “to sign a contract, you need a contract offer either verbal or in a written form, we haven’t received one from the Washington Capitals.”
So… what can we make of all this? It looks to us like there’s a bit of a sweepstakes playing out for Shumakov’s services. The Rangers have a ton of money and opportunity to throw around, while the Capitals have a championship calibre roster chock full of Russian stars. In fact, Shumakov played minor hockey with Caps star Evgeny Kuznetsov. Another factor in all of this is the fact that Shumakov is close friends with Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Igor Ozhiganov. Could the Leafs potentially sneak in?
Won’t speculate but where there is a high-profile KHL player you just have to assume that Leafs are at least taking a look.
Interesting don’t be surprised if Leafs GM Kyle Dubas swoops in wins another free agent derby…
For what it's worth, the 25 year old Shumalov looks, at least on the surface, like a potentially valuable pick up. He managed 17 goals and 40 points in 47 games with CSKA Moscow last season and finished in the top 20 of KHL scoring.