When the Chicago Blackhawks signed Cam Ward during free agency, many were happy that they probably solved their backup goalie situation for at least 2018-19.
However the signing had a ripple effect in the organization and goalie prospect Ivan Nalimov demanded a trade, figuring the pipeline was too clogged and he'd never get the chance to play in the NHL.
About a month later and Corey Crawford still not at 100%, according to Scott Powers of The Athletic, Nalimov has rescinded that trade request.
Powers reports that Nalimov and his agent had some lengthy discussions with general manager Stan Bowman and will now focus on playing the 2018-19 season in the KHL.
Nalimov put up a .938 save percentage in the KHL last year, better than highly touted Islanders prospect Ilya Sorokin and Mikko Koskinen who just signed with the Edmonton Oilers.
The former sixth round pick will remain in the Blackhawks pipeline for now.
Goalie prospect Ivan Nalimov is now willing to wait one more season to sign with Blackhawks https://t.co/otnFEWROA8
— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) August 6, 2018