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Sergei Kostitsyn signs two-year deal with Preds

Jul 23, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

Sergei Kostitsyn AP

Nashville Predators have signed forward Sergei Kostitsyn to a two-year, $6 million contract, avoiding arbitration in the process.

Kostitsyn, 25, had 17 goals and 26 assists in 2011-12; however, he struggled in the playoffs, with just a goal and an assist in 10 games.

The signing leaves Anton Stralman (NY Rangers) and Dale Weise (Vancouver) as the only two RFAs still headed for arbitration.

  1. aphoticapex - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Good, they took care of that before it got out of hand, unlike two other contracts. Preds have already lost out on Suter, good but not elite d-man who complimented Weber well, and could lose Weber. Yes, the contract is largely front loaded and there isnt a CBA, but I do believe it’s imparitive to match Philly’s offer. One: Great Defenceman. Two: Captain and leader in Nashville. Three: We do have promising blueliners, but they are young. The Predators need him, above all else.

  2. mclovinhockey - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    And they just traded him to the jackets for 3 first round picks….

  3. sgtr0c - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    The Preds are down to about 55 hours of their seven days for Weber. Homer said he spoke with Poili on Sunday. Now the Prem to be moving on to other business. It the Preds thought it is easy just to match the offer sheet, they would have done it Thursday or Friday. Just seems the longer it goes on, the more he is a Flyer.

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