Report: Knights and Shipachyov close to agreement on NHL future

Everyone expected a trade, but...

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It was a short love story after all... Although it was reported that Vegas Golden Knights forward Vadim Shipachyov will report to the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves, after asking his agent to look into a trade, it seems like a decision is almost final for both parties. 

The Golden Knights did allow Shipachyov to seek a trade, but it's safe to say that his agent has not found any suitors. And according to NHL insider Bob McKenzie, they most likely won't find a team willing to take the risk to land a player who would clearly prefer to go back and play in Russia. 

During a segment of Insider TradingMcKenzie revealed that there is a possibility that Shipachyov and the Golden Knights could mutually agree to terminate his deal in order to allow him to return to play in Russia, but that would result in Shipachyov leaving million of dollars on the table. 

However, Shipachyov would not lose the $2 million dollar signing bonus he has already received this season. But as for the rest of his $3 million in salary this season and $4 million in salary next season, it would be forfeit if he terminated his deal.

The 30-year-old could then head back to his former KHL club and take part in the 2018 Olympics. 

Vegas was said to be actively shopping him to find a better solution, but McKenzie reports that rival teams are not looking to give a huge return for Shipachyov and are asking for the Knights to keep some of his salary, which they are not willing to do. 

As for now, Shipachyov patiently waits for an answer in the minors. Seems like the end of this short story after all...