Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek on Colorado Avalanche’s pending UFA forward Valeri Nichushkin.
Marek: “When I say Valeri Nichushkin, what goes through you mind when you hear that name right now?”
Marek: “It’s real. I was having a discussion with a pal tonight attempting to find out — Okay! Out of all the UFAs that remain in this series, you believe Valeri Nichushkin might be the one that gets the greatest bump in pay of anyone?
Friedman: ” I believe it’s extremely possible. So I got a call from somebody on Saturday early morning. And this is somebody from another group. He stated that he’s under the impression that the Avalanche have actually gone to Nuchushkin, have actually informed him that aside from the (Nathan) MacKinnon extension, he’s extremely high up on their concern list.
They don’t believe that they can keep (Nazem) Kadri, however they do believe they have an opportunity to keep Nichushkin. And he may not have the ability to make the exact same cash in Denver that he might in other places. But this individual stated to me that they’ve heard that he comprehends what is necessary and they comprehend that they need to make a competitive deal to keep him.
He stated he would provide Colorado a minimum of a 50% opportunity if not more to keep him.”
Michael Russo of The Athletic: At one point in Valeri Nichushkin’s profession he went 91 successive video games without an objective. He’s been a monster in the playoffs and GM Joe Sakic understands re-signing the pending UFA isn’t going to come low-cost. He’ll wish to know what it requires to keep him from going to the free market.
Multiple representatives have actually put put the variety from $4 to 6 million annually on him next agreement.
One assistant GM utilized Bryan Rust (6 years, $5.125 million cap hit) and Zach Hyman (7 years, $5.5 million cap hit) as comparables.
Nichushkin’s representative Mark Gandler.
“It’s not up to us. It’s up to Joe. Joe is a very good manager. He’s going to choose who he wants to retain. If he makes a good offer, we’re good with that. If he doesn’t, he doesn’t. It’s not a problem. He’s going to get a job, no question.”
Let’s check out Nichushkin’s gamer card pre-Colorado (and pre-Dallas-buyout)
– Elite protective effect and elite charge effect (don’t inform confidential coach)
– No objectives and a substantial unfavorable offensively pic.twitter.com/5z5talR5zS
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) June 20, 2022
JFresh: “Now we know of course that he had offensive upside in a system where he could carry the puck and not just dump it in and that he could be creative without sacrificing the elite defence.”
For Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, Tampa is -110 on the moneyline
and Colorado is -110 on the moneyline with Betway