The Washington Capitals are parting ways with former KHL star Sergei Shumakov.
Shumakov was placed on unconditional waivers Thursday morning. The news was first reported by Chris Kuc of The Athletic.
Hearing Capitals have placed Sergei Shumakov on unconditional waivers.
— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) December 6, 2018
Shumakov scored three goals and recorded one assist in 10 AHL games this season.
Shumakov started the season well, scoring twice, including his first American Hockey League goal, against the Grand Rapids Griffins on October 12 — only his third career AHL game. But after sustaining an injury to his right hand two days later, the Russian forward missed five weeks of action.
Shumakov’s latest post on Instagram is from Hershey’s epic Teddy Bear Toss on December 3. Loooking at a stuffed animal atop his helmet, a straight-faced Shuamkov writes “teddy bear 🎉.”
After not carving out much of a role for himself on the Capitals’ AHL team, Shumakov likely wanted to return to Russia and play in the KHL again.
The Capitals first landed Shumakov over the summer with an assist from Evgeny Kuznetsov. The fellow Chelyabinsk native joked that he was the team’s assistant general manager and urged the team and player to make a deal. Despite Shumakov’s obvious skill, the move, for whatever reason, never quite worked out.
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