The Dallas Stars would not be surprised if restricted free agent forward Valeri Nichushkin plays in the Kontinental Hockey League this season, general manager Jim Nill said.
CSKA Moscow said Tuesday it has agreed to terms with Nichushkin, 21, on a two-year contract.
"I'm not going to be surprised if he does sign there," Nill said Monday. "They know our offer. They know where we're at. It's his decision. I'm not going to stop that.
"The good news is he's 21 years of age. He's going to play over there and keep developing. I just hope we get a more mature player when he decides to come back over. It's not the end of the world."
Nichushkin, the No. 10 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, had nine goals and 29 points in 79 games last season. As a rookie in 2013-14, he had 14 goals and 34 points in 79 games. A hip injury limited him to eight games in 2014-15.
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