It was once believed, just a few weeks before the start of the 2018-19 season in the National Hockey League, that 26-year-old forward Nick Shore was gathering loads of interest on the free agent market. The Athletic has revealed that several teams who were seeking help down the middle has been looking to convince Shore to join their team and add to their depth for the season.
However, on Friday, Kontinental Hockey League insider Igor Eronko revealed that Shore had now agreed to a one-year contract with Magnitogorsk Metallurg.
Shore, who did not receive a qualifying offer from the Calgary Flames this summer to return with the Canadian club, was still believed to be looking for work in the NHL. Several hockey writers and analysts had even mentioned that the San Jose Sharks, who have been looking at ways to get better and have depth down the middle, could be making a move to acquire Shore this month.
While Shore is not a well-known scorer, he could be trusted in the NHL to dish great passes and feed any player on his line to make the tally. The situation changed drastically as he went from gathering a lot of attention to moving overseas and signing in the KHL.
Last season, Shore ended up being traded twice during the year. He ended up the season with the Flames, but Shore only took part in nine contests, in which he recorded a goal and an assist. He started the 2017-18 season with the Los Angeles Kings, but was traded in February to the Ottawa Senators. With the Senators, he played in six contests, registering just one assist. He was then moved at the February trade deadline to the Flames in return for a seventh round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry draft. With the Kings, Shore collected four goals and 15 points in 45 games.
In a total of 236 games in the NHL, Shore has recorded 15 goals and 53 points. We do not know if this is the end of his career in the NHL, however, for now, he has chosen to focus on the impact he can have in the KHL.