Nichushkin off IR, headed to AHL for conditioning stint

Yesterday, the Stars sent Curtis McKenzie to AHL Texas, leading to speculation that injured winger Valeri Nichushkin would be returning in the near future.

Well, Nichushkin is… sort of.

The Russian forward has been activated from IR (lower-body), but will join McKenzie down in AHL Texas on a conditioning stint. Nichushkin has missed Dallas’ last seven games with what’s believed to be a hip/groin ailment, and Texas has games on Friday and Saturday, suggesting he’ll get at least two chances to get back up to speed before returning to the Stars.

This does mean, however, that Nichushkin won’t be playing in tomorrow’s grudge rematch with the Anaheim Ducks. The 19-year-old had a goal and two points in last year’s heated opening-round series.

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