The odd situation between the Vegas Golden Knights and forward Vadim Shipachyov took another twist yesterday. It was reported by Bob McKenzie of TSN that the Knights gave Shipachyov and his agent permission to seek a trade out of Vegas.
The Russian was assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL for the second time this season after playing only three games, in which he scored one goal. It was surprising when it happened prior to the season happening as many just thought it was a paper transaction. However, when he didn’t return until October 15th some eyebrows were raised.
The 30-year-old center signed a two-year $9 million contract with the Knights to come over from the KHL last May. He was the second player signed by Vegas in club history.
Now, that the scoring center is on the market. Should he be an option for the Sabres kick the tires on to help with the goal scoring? His age could be concerning to some, but the term on his contract is not a long commitment.
The Sabres roughly $4.1 million in cap space and Vegas has about $4.4 million in space according to Cap Friendly. If this deal was to happen Jason Botterill would want to unload some money in the trade or a different move.
From a roster standpoint adding another center would put Sam Reinhart and Zemgus Girgensons back on the wings. It would also keep Johan Larsson as the fourth line center.
The Sabres are in the middle of the pack in goals scored so far this season, but the secondary scoring on the roster continues to be an issue. Of course, it all depends on what Vegas wants in return and if there’s truly a fit with the Sabres for the next two seasons.
What do you think? Should the Sabres pursue Shipachyov?
Should the Sabres explore a trade for Vadim Shipachyov?
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