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Avs GM Chris McFarland comments on a Valeri Nichushkin buyout


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Elliot Ben Jacob
May 23, 2024  (4:29 PM)
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The Colorado Avalanche's Valeri Nichushkin.
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Chris MacFarland, the general manager of the Colorado Avalanche, addressed Valeri Nichushkin's future in the NHL, focusing on rebuilding trust after a significant controversy.

Valeri Nichushkin, known for his impressive playoff performances, scoring 10 points in nine games, faced a major setback when he abandoned his team during the second round against the Dallas Stars. The Russian forward failed a drug test, leading to a six-month suspension by the NHL and placement in the third phase of the Player Assistance Program, which severely damaged his standing within the organization.
Speculations have been rife about Nichushkin's future with the Colorado Avalanche. Addressing these concerns, Chris MacFarland spoke at his end-of-season press conference. He clearly stated that terminating Nichushkin's contract is not currently an option but acknowledged the challenge of rebuilding trust:
"MacFarland confirms termination of Nichushkin's contract 'at this point, is not an option.'

Says rebuilding that trust will be difficult.

"It's very plausible that he will be back with the Avalanche."

The complexity of Nichushkin's situation is compounded by his hefty $6,125,000 AAV contract with a no-movement clause. This makes both a buyout and a potential trade challenging, especially given his tarnished reputation.
While teams are generally reluctant to be associated with a player under such scrutiny, they also face significant hurdles in terminating contracts. A buyout would present significant salary cap disadvantages, further complicating the Avalanche's future planning.
The road ahead for Nichushkin and the Avalanche is lined with difficulties, but MacFarland's comments suggest a potential path forward, albeit a challenging one. The focus now shifts to how Nichushkin can rebuild his image and regain the trust of his team and fans.
As Read on MarkerZone - Colorado Avalanche GM confirms Valeri Nichushkin's future in the NHL
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