The Colorado Avalanche will be without Valeri Nichushkin for at least 6 months as he enters the NHL’s Players Assistance Program for the third time. Nichushkin will be out for the remainder of the NHL Playoffs, which is a huge blow to the Colorado Avalanche.

Here is a statement from the league on the news:

The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today that forward Valeri Nichushkin of the Colorado Avalanche has been placed in Stage 3 of the Player Assistance Program of the NHLPA and NHL.

Under the terms of the joint program, Nichushkin will be suspended without pay for a minimum of six months and then will be eligible to apply for reinstatement.

This is a developing story… more to come