Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that the Ducks attempted to work out a trade for Russian center Vadim Shipachyov with the Vegas Golden Knights in the midst of his playing/contract debacle.
Friedman, in his weekly column “31 Thoughts”, detailed how the Ducks tried to make a deal work for the KHL star. However, Shipachyov’s bonus repayment terms are apparently what ended up killing the deal.
Shipachyov signed a 2-year, $4.5 million deal with the Vegas Golden Knights this offseason prior to the expansion draft. Included in that deal was a $2 million signing bonus that is now the complication in terminating his contract so he can return to Russia. The veteran Russian was reportedly unhappy with not playing in the NHL and being sent down to AHL Chicago, with Vegas GM George McPhee remarking that the point of the move was to ensure he transitioned properly to North American hockey.
Shipachyov played a total of 3 games for the Golden Knights, scoring one goal in that time. The Ducks could have greatly benefited from the center who scored 76 points in 50 games last season on arguably the KHL’s best team, SKA St. Petersburg (the same team Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk currently play for).
However, the bonus repayment situation complicated the issue, while Shipachyov’s public statement of wanting to return to Russia likely contributed to a deal not coming to fruition.