Eight more years in Colorado for Nichushkin

Eight more years in Colorado for Nichushkin


The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Valeri Nichushkin to an eight-year contract extension on Monday.

This was revealed by the training that evolves in Denver. According to the TSN network, the 27-year-old athlete will pocket $49 million in total, or $6.125 million per year.

“Agreeing with Val on a long-term contract was a priority for us as he would have been one of the most sought-after free agents in the free agent market,” said Avalanche president of hockey operations Joe Sakic, in a press release. Val is a big, fast, powerful winger who is constantly on the puck. He can play on the first unit with our best players and move him around in our formation.”

The former first-round pick (10th overall) of the Dallas Stars in 2010 finally hatched, in his seventh year in the National League, he who also played two seasons in the Continental League since his selection by the Texas formation, scoring 52 points in 62 games.

He surpassed the 34-point mark for the first time, a personal high he had set in his first season on the Bettman circuit.

In addition to having his best campaign of his career, Nichushkin was instrumental in the Avalanche's success in the playoffs, he who blacked the scoresheet 15 times in 20 games. He had even laced his skates despite a serious injury to his right foot.

“He plays on the power play, on the shorthanded, all the situations in which we need him, added Sakic. He also works hard off the ice, in the gym and is very humble. He's an excellent teammate. He is important to our team and a huge reason for our Stanley Cup triumph.”

The Russian was spending the last year of a two-year contract, which earned him an average of $2.5 million. per campaign and could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 13.