Vadim Shipachyov has officially retired from the NHL, becoming the first player to do so as a member of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Shipachyov will return to Russia. He signed with Vegas in May, after many seasons of standout play in the KHL. As part of this agreement, Shipachyov will pay back a portion of the signing bonus he got from Vegas.
He was unable to crack the Golden Knights roster, and would not report to the AHL, as both he and the team looked for opportunities elsewhere.
Vegas will retain the 30-year-old’s NHL rights until he turns 35.