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REPORT: Predators and Sergei Kostitsyn agree to 2 year/$6mil deal, avoiding arbitration


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Per Darren Dreger of TSN and Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada, Sergei Kostitsyn and the Nashville Predators have avoided their arbitration hearing and have agreed upon a 2 year, $6mil deal that will give Kostitsyn somewhere around $3 mil per season.

Kostitsyn, 25, has been with the Predators for two seasons so far, breaking his career highs in his first season with Nashville (50 points) and registering 43 points last season. Bringing Kostitsyn back into the fold is very much a big deal for the Predators, who had the 5th best record in the NHL last season and will be looking to improve upon their 8th ranking in the NHL for goals forced.

Kostitsyn could also play a more important role in Nashville’s resurgent powerplay this season, as well. Collecting 22 powerplay points over the past two seasons, his sniper-like shot selection can definitely be a positive over the next 2 years.

The press release from the Predators:

“Nashville, Tenn. (July 23, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Sergei Kostitsyn to a two-year, $6 million contract.

Kostitsyn, 25 (3/20/87), notched 43 points (17g-26a) in 75 games in 2011-12, one season after leading the Predators in goals (23) and tying for the team lead in points (50). In addition to setting career highs in game-winning goals (3), shots (97) and average ice time (16:28) in 2011-12, the 6-0, 196-pound right wing ranked 10th in the NHL in shooting percentage (17.5), making his 21.1 percent success rate from 2010-12 is tops among players with at least 30 goals. In 307 career NHL contests with Nashville and Montreal since 2007, the Novopolotsk, Belarus native has 161 points (64g-97a).

Montreal’s sixth choice, 200th overall (seventh round), in the 2005 Entry Draft has represented Belarus in 10 international competitions since 2003, including the 2010 Olympics and the World Championships in May.”