Shipachyov leaves Vegas for KHL, warns other Russians about going abroad

Russian forward Vadim Shipachyov signed Saturday with SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League after quitting a deal with the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights.

'Think 10 times before leaving for abroad, it's different from what the clubs and agents tell you'

Vadim Shipachyov tenure with the Vegas Golden Knights was short-lived, and the Russian returned to the KHL, signing with SKA St. Petersburg. (David Becker/Getty Images)

Russian forward Vadim Shipachyov signed Saturday with SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League after quitting a deal with the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights.

Shipachyov returns to the team where he won two KHL championships. He is on a one-year contract which leaves him free to play at the Winter Olympics.

Vegas said Thursday that Shipachyov's contract was ended after he refused to play for its AHL affiliate. He is officially considered "voluntarily retired" from the NHL.

Shipachyov appeared unhappy with his former team in a statement issued by SKA on Saturday.

"They say one thing to your face and when it comes to hockey, something else," he said, adding that his NHL experience had been "two months of misunderstandings, smiles and conversations which had nothing to do with reality.

"Russian players should think ten times before leaving for abroad, it's different from what the clubs and agents tell you."

The centre was Vegas' second-ever signing and he arrived amid hype from his performances in the KHL and for the Russian national team.

Shipachyov scored in his first game for Vegas but that was the only goal of his three-game NHL career.

With files from CBC Sports

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