June 17, 2024

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Avalanche GM, captain rooting for Valeri Nichushkin, but he has work to do

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Chris MacFarland and Gabe Landeskog spent nearly an hour taking questions from assembled media Thursday, and there were nearly as many queries about Valeri Nichushkin as there were about the Avalanche captain.

Two integral members of the organization made one thing very clear: The proverbial ball is firmly in Nichushkin’s court.

There are many questions still to be answered, but a general theme was clear. Nichushkin, who is currently serving a suspension of at least six months after being forced back into the NHL-NHLPA Player Assistance Program for the third time in 13 months, has a lot of work to do beyond just the requirements for reinstatement from the league.

“Val is a teammate of ours. He’s a friend of ours. He’s somebody that we’ve raised the (Stanley) Cup with,”…

Corey Masisak

2024-05-23 15:58:09

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