With training camp on the horizon and few spots on the roster up for grabs, Washington just added a little more competition to the roster. The Capitals signed forward Sergei Shumakov to a one-year, two-way entry-level deal, the team announced Saturday. The deal carries a cap hit of $925,000.
Shumakov, who will turn 26 before the start of the season, has spent his professional career playing in his native Russia where he spent the last six seasons primarily in the KHL. In 2017-18, he scored 17 goals and 40 points in 47 games for CSKA Moscow.
In an attempt to get out of his contract with CSKA, Shumakov held out of training camp which ultimately led to his contract being terminated.
It was presumed heading into Washington’s training camp that the only forward position up for grabs was at fourth line center after the departure of Jay Beagle in free agency. Shumakov is a wing and will certainly not be competing for that job. A $925,000 cap hit, however, would put him above both Travis Boyd and Nic Dowd, both of whom seem slated to compete to make the Caps’ roster.
Whether Shumakov is an NHLer remains to be seen. He certainly would not be the first KHL player to struggle with the transition. But with 74 career goals in the KHL, he has proven he can be productive at Russia’s highest level. This is a low-risk move that could potentially carry a nice reward for the Caps if Shumakov proves to be as productive in the NHL.
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