It sounds like Jim Nill has accepted the fact that Valeri Nichushkin is headed to the KHL.
“The good news is he’s 21 years of age, he’s going to play over there and keep developing,” Nill said yesterday, per Wrong Side of the Red Line. “I just hope we get a more mature player when he decides to come back over. It’s not the end of the world.”
Nichushkin’s biggest issue seems to be with Stars head coach Lindy Ruff. According to one report, the former 10th overall draft pick wants to return to Dallas one day, but he doesn’t want to play for Ruff.
Late last month, the Stars signed veteran winger Jiri Hudler, perhaps with the expectation they’d be losing Nichushkin.