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Stars pick Nichushkin: ‘I will play in NHL’

Jul 2, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

Valeri Nichushkin Getty Images

We’ve had plenty of talk about Valeri Nichushkin on here of late but as it goes with Russian players, there’s always the worry they’ll stay in Russia for a while. In Nichushkin’s case, he says he doesn’t want to play at home at all.

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News hears from Nichushkin’s agent Mark Gandler that his client’s only aim is to play in Dallas next season.

“When they asked about whether there was a desire to go back to KHL, he said, ‘I am here, I want to play in NHL, and I will play in NHL,’” Gandler said.

For what it’s worth, the Stars didn’t seem concerned about it either as they said the “Russian factor” wasn’t an issue for them. As it is, Nichushkin has previously said he has permission from his KHL team, Moscow Dynamo, to go to the NHL. That said, if he doesn’t make the team out of camp, he’ll return to Russia rather than go to the AHL.

  1. 950003cups - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Of course he is. Why would he waste his time entering the draft just to leave?

    He’s gonna be pretty shocked when he looks in the stands at his home games. The most crowded section is gonna be the players bench.

    Dallas fans absolutely abandoned the Stars.

    • bendover09 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Not true. Still to this day Stars are the most valuable Southern hockey team . If you actually watched the games you would know Dallas still had packed house if after a failed run last year

    • einjzmolf - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      I’m sure Kovalchuk feels the exact same way, considering a total of 1,218 more people attended devils games than stars games. Here, have a look for yourself:

      I know it sucks to suck, but you could atleast not talk out of your ass whilst sucking, it just makes you look foolish along with the devils’ fanbase. Grow up and learn some facts before you talk smack. We took the draft pick you wanted. Boo-hoo, get over it.

      • devilsarethebest - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        1. Prudential Center is pretty small, I don’t know if you know. American Airlines holds about 1,000 more people and our stadium has higher attendance, so yeah.
        2. If we really wanted him, we would take him. Obviously we got something better so Cups isn’t complaining clearly. Be happy you got him, he should have been taken #5 or #6.

      • 950003cups - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        You should be a lot smarter than that. To use ESPN as your “facts” says a lot about you’re hockey knowledge. It also shows the Panthers 16,991 per game at 99.7% capacity. That in and of itself should tell you what you need to know. If you ever watched those games, you’ll see its no where neat 99.7% at capacity. Dallas games are empty. I wasn’t trying to insult you, just stating the fact. I have seen many Stars games. The home games are a joke.

        So, in response to your comment:

        Know what you’re talking about when you bow out your chest and embarrass yourself. Same goes to the other tool with the fitting name.

      • bendover09 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        95003cups, oh I’m sorry .. but was the Stars in bankruptcy and still sold over 16.8k tickets a game. Puts them #21 . I am no Einstein but that is pretty good numbers considering a team in a whole rebuilding process. Valuable , means history not exactly the present. Carolina has a long way to go before they surpass the Stars

      • bettwoman - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        Just make sure you watch march 8, 2014. Tell me it’s empty then

    • mattryannolan - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      I just don’t get your unreal hate for the Stars. Come to an actual game before you make rash generalizations about a team.

      • 950003cups - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        Never had hate for the Stars. I like them. I just think its despicable how the fans in that area don’t show up.

      • mattryannolan - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Well this problem isn’t the correct place to talk about because all you’re doing is antagonizing the passionate Stars fans on here that probably actually go to games like myself so it doesn’t do much to be like NO ONE SHOWS UP. Especially so when you judge it based on what you see on TV..

  2. redridershoottheireyeout - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Good luck with Ruff at the helm, he doesn’t have a lot of patience with kids that adopt the star role before they ever step on an NHL rink, this kid is a prima donna!

  3. gnrfan8804 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Good luck with Ruff period

  4. hawkeedawg - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Most of you should know this, but just in case. The #’s that sites use to determine seating % are based on ticket sales, not attendance.

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