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Valeri Nichushkin Is Happy In Denver

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Making eye contact in the locker room seems impossible from afar. And with tribal tattoos attached to his physically imposing 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame, some might think Nichushkin is unapproachable.

But if that were true, the soft-spoken Russian would have to stop being so happy.

Happiness defines Nichushkin these days, although he rarely shows it without working on his English. In a 20-minute interview that was originally declined, Nichushkin, 24, mentioned being happy more than a half-dozen times. His satisfaction stems from resurrecting his NHL career in Colorado, playing a distinct third-line role as one of the club’s five offseason additions at forward that has helped turn the Avs into the NHL’s highest-scoring team and Stanley Cup contender....

Thanks to his strong work ethic, increased ice time and patience from his new club, the Avs have gotten out of Nichushkin what the Dallas Stars could not. Nishushkin, the Stars’ 2013 first-round draft pick (10th overall), had zero goals in 57 games with Dallas last season. He also had zero penalty minutes, which speaks to his skating on eggshells.

“I feel better on the ice, especially after I score first goal. I’m so happy,” Nichushkin told The Post. “All my family is happy. That was the biggest point. Last year, the family, everyone (knew I struggled). I look at my mom and dad and they look not that happy because they worry about me and they know I’m nervous. The year wasn’t good last year. I’m so happy now that I can see more smiles.”


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Valeri Nichushkin May Sign With A KHL Team

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

It's a business on both sides. Nichushkin's agent Mark Gandler has not yet returned messages from today, but Eliotte Frideman reported on Twitter that Gandler said "nothing is done and all options are open."

So we sit and wait. But if Nichushkin signs in the KHL, he can't come back this season.

The guess is the Stars are not going to up their offer or offers. Nill when contacted today said: "They know what our offers are."

If Nichushkin signs in Russia, the Stars are positioned well. Nill signed Jiri Hudler to a one-year deal for $2 million in August and the Stars have plenty of skilled forwards to fill the gaps....


added 4:30pm,


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Dallas Stars Activate Valeri Nichushkin

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has activated forward Valeri Nichushkin from injured reserve and loaned him to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL), on a conditioning assignment. 

Nichushkin, 20, has missed the last 59 games after having hip surgery. Additionally, he missed seven games from Oct. 14 - 28 with a hip injury.  He has skated in four games this season for Dallas, posting zero points and two shots.  He also appeared in two games for Texas on a conditioning assignment from Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 and registered an assist. 

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Dallas Stars lose Nicchushkin to hip surgery

This slid through the radar screen on Friday, and as the Dallas News's Mike Heika reports, this news is pretty devastating for the Stars:

Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin will have hip surgery this week and be out four months, Dallas general manager Jim Nill said Saturday.

Nichushkin has been bothered by hip and groin soreness since September and has come in and out of practices, scrimmages and games. He played two games, missed nine, came back for two more games, and then came out of the lineup again.

“We had it diagnosed, and decided surgery is the best thing,” Nill said. “It’s very similar to what (John) Klingberg had, and we expect it to have similar results.

Klingberg had double hip surgery in the summer and now is up and skating well.

“I didn’t want to do it, I wanted to work on building strength in the summer,” Klingberg said. “But now I feel much better and I am glad I did it.”

Nichushkin was drafted 10th overall in 2013 and played 79 games last season, tallying 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists). He led the Stars at plus-20. This season, he has played just four games and has no points.


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Video- Goal Of The Night Candidate- Valeri Nichushkin

Great goal by the rookie...

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