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According to Russian media, Dallas Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin is set to sign a two-year deal with the KHL’s CSKA Moscow. The 21-year-old is said to be unhappy with the direction of Dallas under head coach Lindsay Ruff. In 166 NHL games, the 10th overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft scored 23 goals and 41 assists. Following a promising rookie season in which he scored 34 points in 79 games, injury saw his sophomore follow-up wash away and his junior year while positive never saw him stick on any one line.
The theory that Nichushkin and Ruff didn’t get along is nothing new if you recall our guest interview from David Kerans via Voice of Russia back in 2014. The interview prompted a response by Nichushkin’s agent.
Nichuskin claims he will return to Dallas once Ruff’s contract expires coincidentally in two years. Dallas still owns the wingers’ rights.