The Capitals on Saturday announced they have signed Russian forward Sergei Shumakov to an entry-level, one-year, two-way deal for $925,000.
The terms of the deal are as originally reported earlier in the week by Russian media. At the time, a Capitals representative declined to comment and Shumakov’s agent disputed the report noting he was in talks with several NHL teams.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) September 1, 2018
The right-handed left winger will turn 26-years-old this week. He finished 18th in points with 17 goals and 23 assists in 47 games for CSKA Moscow in the KHL last season.
CSKA released Shumakov from his contract on Monday, making him a free agent. The signing adds another talent winger to Washington’s forward ranks, as Shumakov is a great stickhandler and goal-scorer.
Shumakov also scored an impressive lacrosse-style goal in the KHL.
The signing will eat up most of the Capitals remaining cap space, which had been $1.1 million before the deal.
The team’s head writer, Mike Vogel, believes the forward will have a shot at making the team out of training camp.
I'd say you might see him as soon as Oct 3. Based on his KHL numbers from last season, he should have a shot at cracking the opening night roster. https://t.co/wgivBRanjo
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) September 1, 2018
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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Sergei Shumakov to a one-year, two-way entry-level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Shumakov’s contract will carry an average annual value of $925,000.
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.
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