Veteran Capitals Goaltender Leaves the NHL to Sign in Russia

BY AARON    JUNE 5, 2023  (11:01)

Goalie's Next Move



Despite currently playing in the AHL playoffs, it seems like seasoned goaltender Zach Fucale has made his mind up about his next playing season. According to Alexei Volkov, the KHL's Traktor Chelyabinsk General Manager, a deal with Fucale has been reached. The details were shared on Sport24.ru.

Fucale - Full of Talent



"We negotiated with the Canadian goalie. He's playing in the AHL conference finals right now. We wait until his season is over and then we can officially announce the signing. But it's not such a big mystery anymore: we're talking about Zach Fucale. He's a skilled goalie who has been considering continuing his career in the KHL for a long time. Here he wants to find new motivation for himself, to raise his level of play. As soon as he finishes playing for Hershey, and we get permission from Washington to announce an agreement before July 1, when his contract expires, we will make an official announcement."




While Fucale is officially under contract with the Washington Capitals, he played the entire 2022-23 regular season with the Hershey Bears in the AHL. He had a solid season with 38 games under his belt, boasting a 21-11-4 record, a 2.54 goals-against average, and a save percentage of .902. However, in the postseason, he has only appeared in one game for Hershey while they wait to find out their opponent in the AHL finals.

Why the Move?



While Fucale has kept quiet about his reasons for leaving the NHL system, several other players who transitioned from the AHL to the KHL have previously indicated the AHL's emphasis on developing young talent as their reason for moving. In contrast to the KHL, the AHL often sidelines experienced players to focus on nurturing young talents, even if it means a weaker team performance.

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