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Valeri Nichushkin opens up about his scandal


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Jim
July 9, 2024  (9:04)
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Valeri Nichushkin talked about his scandal during the 2022-23 playoffs. Valeri was injured at the time so he didn't participate in any of the playoff games, but he did admit to a Russian journalist in an interview that he made a mistake.

«It was the most difficult season, there were a lot of injuries in the team all season. I missed 2 months due to bursitis. I also had a shoulder injury, which constantly bothered me. I always had problems sleeping, but because of the pain in my shoulder, the situation with my sleep got worse. They did an MRI and they couldn't decide whether to have surgery or not. In the end, they decided not to do it and gave me injections in my shoulder. These injections stopped helping and they decided to inject me with another drug. When we flew to Seattle, they decided that I would not play the match due to a shoulder injury, because I needed to not bother my shoulder for a while until the drug starts working and everyone on the team knew that I would not play until the end of the round. It put a lot of pressure on the psyche and was very annoying. I had friends in Seattle at that moment and I made the wrong decision, we hung out with them at night and in the morning I flew to Denver. This girl in my room has nothing to do with me. The club advised me not to give any comments, and I myself was not emotionally ready to explain all this. This was probably the wrong decision and it was necessary to tell the whole situation right away so that there weren't a bunch of different rumors. If we had made it to the second round, I would have been ready to play.»

Nichushkin hasn't had the best career so far, with the injuries and now this. He's also been suspended and can't play in an NHL game until November 13.
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