In a surprising turn of events, Colorado Avalanche forward Valeri Nichushkin has left Seattle and is currently unavailable for undisclosed personal reasons. Head coach Jared Bednar was unable to provide any further details on Nichushkin’s absence or when he might return to the team. The Avalanche is currently leading their playoff series against the Seattle Kraken 2-1, with Game 4 scheduled for Monday night.
Nichushkin, a key player for the Avalanche, has had a significant impact in their playoff run last year. In the current series, he scored one goal in two games, while in last year’s Stanley Cup run, he contributed nine goals and six assists for a total of 15 points in 20 games played.
According to reports, the 28-year-old Russian winger left the team hotel in Seattle, escorted by a security team, and headed to the airport. Neither Nichushkin’s agent nor the Avalanche organization has provided any further explanation or information about his departure. As a result, speculation and curiosity surrounding his situation have been growing among fans and the media.
The Avalanche will need to make adjustments in Nichushkin’s absence, relying on other players to step up and fill the void left by the talented forward. The team’s performance in the upcoming game against the Kraken will be crucial in maintaining their series lead and advancing in the playoffs.
We hope Avalanche Forward Nichushkin and his family are okay, and the situation gets figured out. We hope he can return to the line-up soon to help the Avalanche defend their title. Nichushkin’s mysterious absence