A source tells AllHockey.ru that former Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic is close to signing a deal with one of two potential KHL teams.
“In the near future, the forward should sign a contract with one of the unnamed league clubs,” the story says as translated into English.
Leipsic was cut by the Capitals on May 8 after leaked screenshots showed the fourth-line forward making misogynistic comments towards women and calling his teammates “losers” in an Instagram group chat. Others who participated included Leipsic’s brother Jeremy, who was later kicked off the University of Manitoba’s hockey team, and Florida Panthers’ prospect Jack Rodewald.
The NHL released a statement condemning Leipsic’s remarks.
“The National Hockey League strongly condemns the misogynistic and reprehensible remarks made by players Brendan Leipsic and Jack Rodewald in a private group chat that has surfaced on social media. There is no place in our League for such statements, attitudes and behavior, no matter the forum. We will address this inexcusable conduct with the clubs and players involved,” the NHL wrote.
Leipsic passed through waivers and became an unrestricted free agent on May 9.
Brendan Leipsic has officially cleared waivers. Capitals placed him on unconditional waivers yesterday, for purposes of terminating his contract.
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) May 9, 2020
Leipsic, 26, scored three goals and tallied 11 points in 61 games for the Capitals during the 2019-20 season. The Canadian played parts of four seasons in the NHL with the Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vegas Golden Knights, and Vancouver Canucks. He was originally selected by the Nashville Predators in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
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