Well, I am not gonna say he ISN'T soft (only those who have played with him can know that for a fact), but to say he is 'soft' because he is a Russian player is a broad stroked flash of incorrect generalities.
Ovechkin, Radulov, Kucherov, Sergachev...just to name a few.
Russian players...hardly soft. And there are many more, but those come to mind right away.
Could very well be that Ship perhaps didn't like going into the 'dirty areas'....or simply wasn't used to the
Vadim Shipachyov was supposed to be the answer for George Mcphee as to how to find offense for his expansion team. Instead his very brief stay in North America ends as a curious footnote to the expansion Golden Knights season.
I really cannot tell you what happened, I imagine only a handful of people sitting in a room and forced to tell the truth could get the whole story out. Was he lazy? A prima donna? Was he incredibly homesick and realize that he had made a mistake in coming h
Agreed that very few people ever will really know why he isn't playing in the NHL right this minute instead of on a plane heading to the KHL.
That said, even before this happened, there was speculation amongst various NHL analysts talking about why he wasn't allowed to stay with the Vegas Knights.
Foremost in the speculation was that the coaching staff didn't feel that he was quite grasping the speed of the game here in North America due to the smaller ice