Sergei Shumakov signs PTO with Florida’s AHL affiliate, scores beautiful goal in second game with Springfield
Over the summer, the Washington Capitals signed Sergei Shumakov to a one-year, two-way entry-level contract worth $925k. The signing was low risk but could have a high reward. The talented Shumakov finished 18th in KHL scoring the year before after tallying a career-high 40 points (17 goals and 23 assists) in 47 games for CSKA Moscow.
Instead, Shumakov didn’t make the Capitals opening night roster out of training camp and was sent down to AHL Hershey. After scoring only three goals and one assist in 10 games with the Bears, Shumakov was put on unconditional waivers Thursday with the expectation that he’d return home to Russia.
Shumakov, as predicted, went unclaimed by another NHL team, but Saturday there was a surprise announcement. The AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds made public that they signed Shumakov to a professional tryout. The Thunderbirds are the AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers.