Avalanche general manager Chris MacFarland declined to comment Tuesday on whether forward Valeri Nichushkin will be with the team by the start of the 2023-24 season, but he did offer optimism Nichushkin still has a future with the Avs.
“He was a very important part of our team in the past,” MacFarland said, “and that’s our hope, that he’s going to be a very important part of our team in the future, for sure.”
Nichushkin missed the last five games of Colorado’s season after he was involved in an incident at the team hotel in Seattle on April 23, the day of Game 3 of the Avalanche’s first-round playoff series vs. the Kraken. A woman was found so intoxicated in Nichushkin’s hotel room that a team doctor called for an ambulance to take her to a hospital, according to the…
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