Valeri Nichushkin signed a two-year, $5.9 million contract with the Dallas Stars on Sunday. It has an average annual value of $2.95 million.
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Nichushkin played two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League after playing for Dallas from 2013-16. The forward had 64 points (23 goals, 41 assists) in 166 games for the Stars, who selected him with the No. 10 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
The 23-year-old had 51 points (27 goals, 24 assists) the past two seasons for CSKA Moscow.
"We are excited to welcome Val back to the Dallas Stars," general manager Jim Nill said. "Over his past two seasons in the KHL and with the national team, he has continued his growth and development as a hockey player. Val was one of his team's most outstanding players last season. He is a fantastic addition to our depth at forward and we look forward to his return to our club."
Lindy Ruff was Stars coach when Nichushkin left as a restricted free agent when his entry-level contract expired. Jim Montgomery was named Stars coach May 4, after Ken Hitchcock coached them this season.