Las Vegas–On the eve the Vegas Golden Knights home opener against the Arizona Coyotes Russian forward Vadim Shipachyov seems to be unhappy with the current situation he is in with the organization.
Before their first game of the season, Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee assigned Alex Tuch, Shea Theodore, and Shipachyov to the Chicago Wolves their AHL affiliate.
This came as a shocker to many given that Shipachyov signed on with the organization back in May for a 2-year deal at $9 million with AAV of $4.5 per season.
In the preseason, Shipachyov played in 4 games for the Golden Knights and he produced 1 assist and was -2 during that span.
His total TOI for those 4 games was 67:33 with an ATOI of 16:53.
Reports surfaced this morning that Shipachyov is not happy with the way things are going for him with the Golden Knights since signing his 2-year NHL contract.
Across the pond in Europe, Hockey Insider Aivis Kalnins said the following on his official Twitter Account on the Shipachyov story that has unfolded.
Since being assigned with the AHL Wolves, Shipachyov has not been getting playing time in either of the two games vs. the Texas Stars.
During today’s presser with members of the local and national media, General Manager McPhee updated the potential rumors that Shipachyov wants out of his contract to return to the KHL.
“There is no truth to that. He can’t he’s under contract to us.” McPhee said on the Vadim Shipachyov situation.
McPhee in his press conference elaborated that the move to send Shipachyov down to the minors with Chicago was not based on performance in that is was roster move that needed to be made.
“The three guys that were sent down have all earned the right to be here and we will get them here at the right time or as soon as we can.” McPhee added on Shipachyov and Tuch and Theodore.
“They didn’t understand initially but they do now, that this is a roster move and it’s not about performance.” More on McPhee regarding Shipachyov.
The story even caught the attention of some North American Hockey Insiders and Analysts outside the Las Vegas marketplace.
Former NHLer Jeremy Roenick commented on the situation on the Russian playmaker via his Twitter account.
NHL on NBC’s Kathryn Tappen joined in on the Shipachyov situation with this tweet for her official Twitter Account.
Resident TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger confirmed that Shipachyov’s agent Petr Svoboda stated that his client wants to remain with the organization.