Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill spoke Sunday on the return of forward Val Nichushkin, who signed a two-year deal with the Stars after a stint in Russia’s KHL.
Nichushkin was selected 10th overall by Dallas in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the league at 18-years-old, playing in 166 games over 3 seasons with the Stars, recording 23 goals and 41 assists.
Nichushkin returned to his native Russia in 2016, playing the last two seasons with CSKA Moscow as well as being a member of the Russian national team.
The Stars signed Nichushkin on Sunday to a two-year deal worth $5.9 million.
In his last two seasons in Russia, Nichushkin scored 27 goals with 24 assists 86 games.
“We’re getting a better player back,” Nill said Sunday about the return of Nichushkin via the Dallas Stars Twitter page.
Watch his full interview below:
With Val back and added depth in all three positions, Jim Nill is pleased with today’s free agency outcome. pic.twitter.com/KctEA0kBkD
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 2, 2018