Valeri Nichushkin Reportedly Returns to KHL

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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.
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Valeri Nichushkin to Miss Four Months Due to Hip Injury

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The Dallas Stars announced over the weekend that 19-year-old winger would undergo surgery on a nagging hip injury. The Chelyabinsk native struggled with a the injury during training camp and was placed on the injured reserve two games into the season. Nine games later, he made his 20414 debut only to be shut down and placed back on the shelf after just four games.
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Sergei Gonchar Traded to Montreal

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The greatest Russian defensemen in NHL history has been traded north of the border as the Montreal Canadiens announced the acquisition of the 40-year-old journeymen. In return, the Habs send Travis Moen. Gonchar, who just rejoined the Stars lineup after missing the first 11 games with an ankle injury will return to the eastern conference having played there his entire career before signing an ambitious contract last summer.
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Valeri Nichushkin vs. Lindy Ruff: Lost in Translation or Just Lost?

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Editors Note: Originally published on Voice of Russia, guest writers Kerans’s article set the Dallas Stars blog community abuzz. David was kind of enough to allow us to publish his response to any skepticism that his article may have produced. Below is his take on the situation.

We sense that skeptical reaction to our revelation of Valeri Nichushkin’s dissatisfaction with his handling by the Dallas Stars has been the fruit of some misunderstandings. In order to address readers’ concerns, let me clarify.
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Gonchar Dealt to Dallas; Inks 2-year Deal

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, NHL contracts are no exception. With much talk about Sergei Gonchar’s imminent return to finish out his career in the KHL, many were surprised to learn the 39-year-old had been dealt to Dallas on Friday. Now comes word that Gonchar is set to sign a two-year deal with the Stars to remain stateside for a cool $10 million. The 19-year NHL veteran brings an incredible amount of experience to Texas where he joins his fifth team having spent time in Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Ottawa.
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Sergei Zubov signs with SKA St. Petersburg

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On Thursday, Sergei Alexandrovich Zubov opted not to sign with a NHL club but rather in his homeland inking a contract with SKA St. Petersburg. Considered by many one of the greatest offensive defensemen in the history of the NHL, Zubov leaves the league with 771 points in 1068 games. He is the NHL’s all-time leading scorer among Russian-born defensemen and 7th overall.

Zubov started his NHL career with the New York Rangers where he was the first ever defenseman to lead a team in scoring and one of the first Russian’s to lift the Stanley Cup in 1994 . After spending a season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Zubov was traded to the Dallas Stars where he would spend the next decade manning the blue line. He would capture his second cup in 1999 and pick up his first Norris Trophy nomination in 2006. He would also become the team’s all-time leading scorer for defensemen.

Zubov suffered a sports hernia injury early last season and only featured in 10 games. Rumors linked him to various clubs around the NHL but the KHL must have offered more to the recently turned 39-year-old.

He becomes the latest Russian NHL player to return home following Viktor Kozlov, Sergei Fedorov, and Dmitri Kalinin. He will join former NHL players such as Robers Esche, Sergei Brylin, and Darius Kasparaitis.