Ivan Sekretarev / AP
Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 8:20 p.m.
The Vegas Golden Knights have signed their second player in franchise history, General Manager George McPhee announced Thursday.
Russian free agent forward Vadim Shipachyov has been signed to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million per year.
Shipachyov finished third in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia with 26 goals and 50 assists for SKA St. Petersburg.
“Vadim is a highly skilled playmaker who has had an impressive career in the Kontinental Hockey League,” McPhee said. “He has won two KHL championships, has been among the league leaders in scoring the last two seasons and has enjoyed success at the international level for Team Russia. We believe he can be an impact player in the NHL.”
The 30-year-old forward scored four goals and added 15 assists during this year’s KHL playoffs and helped lead his team to two KHL championships in 2015 and 2017.
Shipachyov has registered 137 goals and 275 assists for 412 points in 445 games split between St. Petersburg and his hometown team of Severstal Cherepovets.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward is currently in Cologne, Germany, with Team Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Championships.
This is a developing story. Check back later for comments from Shipachyov.