Valeri Nichushkin Set to Sign With CSKA of KHL: Report

According to a couple of rumors appearing out of Russia, first reported by Semyon Galkevich of, and then by Igor Eronko of Sport-Express, Valeri Nichushkin has signed a two-year deal with CSKA Moscow of the KHL.

Earlier today, CSKA allegedly secured Nichushkin’s KHL rights buying them off from Dynamo Moscow.

According to Eronko, Nichushkin does not want to play under Stars head coach Lindy Ruff, but still wants to return to Dallas and play in the NHL. Ruff has two years remaining on his current contract.

During a short talk with Russian sport agency, Nichushkin’s agent Mark Gandler refused to comment the rumors, adding that the situation with the Stars hasn’t changed and that he is going to talk about it only when a contract with any club will be signed.

Running in opposition to the reports out of Russia, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that Nichushkin’s agent says “nothing is done and all options remain open.”

It’s not the first time that Nichushkin has been rumored to sign in Russia. Earlier this month, his former KHL team Traktor Chelyabinsk said they were negotiating with him, but without having a true chance to ink the player due to lack of finances.