Report: Sergei Shumakov Refused to Practice, Told Capitals He Was Leaving Prior to Placement on Waivers

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[Updated: 12/09/2018, 2:15 AM]

Yesterday (Friday), it was reported that the Capitals had placed offseason signing Sergei Shumakov on unconditional waivers, with the intention to terminate his contract. Given his struggle to adapt to the North American style of hockey and low productivity with the Hershey Bears, it wasn’t a surprise. However, more details have emerged regarding Shumakov’s parting with the Caps. 

Per Hershey Bears’ play-by-play announcer Zack Fisch in tonight’s pre-game broadcast, Shumakov refused to partake in practice on Tuesday Thursday and ultimately told the team he was leaving North America. Per Fisch, Shumakov’s one-year deal signed with the Capitals shortly before training camp was in part to see if the young Russian forward could parlay his success in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) into a career in North America.

Despite scoring three goals and adding one assist in 10 games played with the Chocolate and White, Shumakov never found a niche on a young Bears team and an NHL call-up was unlikely given the number of more experienced young players on the Bears’ roster (see Riley Barber).

On Saturday, Shumakov, having cleared waivers, signed a PTO with the AHL Springfield Thunderbirds.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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5 Responses to Report: Sergei Shumakov Refused to Practice, Told Capitals He Was Leaving Prior to Placement on Waivers

  1. Anonymous says:

    The information is per Bears’ Zack Fisch.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    This was a long shot, at best. Like Zack said, they gave it a shot, he didn’t cut it, next.

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