Russian forward Vadim Shipachyov turned heads at the IIHF World Championships in May, but he will not be headed to the NHL anytime soon. According to KHL reporter Alvis Kalnins, Shipachyov will be staying with his KHL team SKA St. Petersburg for at least one more year.
Shipachyov led the IIHF tournament with 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) while playing for Team Russia leading Evgeny Kuznetsov to label him the "Russian Crosby." Given his free agent status and a Russian roster that included three Caps—Kuznetsov, Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov—Washington made sense as a possible NHL destination.
Initial reports of Shipachyov's status in the KHL, however, were not as clear-cut as previously thought. While the exact details of what his contract status was remain unclear, what is clear is that he will not be coming to the NHL in 2016.
In fact, in his 30 Thoughts published on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman reports that SKA is trying to sign him to an extension. Given his current age (29), if he were to sign an extension, it seems unlikely that he would ever come to the NHL at all.
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