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Report: Kostitsyn gets KHL offer, Preds won’t object to him leaving

Jun 20, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

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Interesting news out of Russia regarding the future of Nashville forward Sergei Kostitsyn.

According to news outlet, Kostitsyn has reportedly received a contract offer from KHL club Avangard Omsk, the team he played for during the lockout.

What’s more, Avangard’s GM has apparently had discussions with Preds GM David Poile, and claims Poile has no objections to Kostisyn leaving — despite the fact he has one year remaining on his deal with Nashville.

Here’s a Google translation of the Izvestia article:

Q: How are contract negotiations with Belarus striker Sergei Kostitsyn?

A: We offered Sergey contract, he is now under discussion. Every day contact with his agent. I also contact the general manager of “Nashville” by David [Poile]. We talked a few times on this issue and came to the conclusion that “Nashville” would not object to his move to the “Vanguard”.

Now everything depends on the willingness of Sergei, who is considering several proposals. We are actively negotiating with him and are close to having to continue our relationship.

Pretty sure “Vanguard” is “Avangard,” FYI.

Poile and the Predators have been down this road before.

In 2008, they lost the services of Alex Radulov to KHL club Salavat Yulaev Ufa and, following last season, parted ways with Sergei’s brother, Andrei Kostitsyn, who eventually signed in the KHL with Traktor Chelyabinsk.

As for Sergei, he had a disappointing 2013 campaign for the Preds, scoring just three goals in 46 games and finishing with 15 points, eighth-most on the team.

There was also this embarrassing line-change fiasco against Edmonton in March, which got the Belarussian winger dropped from the lineup.

Following the end of the regular season, head coach Barry Trotz called out Kostitsyn for his lack of scoring.

“We expected production from Sergei and Craig Smith and we got none,” Trotz explained. “Both those guys, we were looking at them to be top-six, top-seven forwards and we got no production.”

It was quite a decline for Kostitsyn, who led the Predators in scoring (with 50 points) two years ago and signed a two-year, $6 million deal in 2012.

  1. ibieiniid - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    over an hour, no comments.

    are there any players in the league (well…. you know what i mean ‘in the league’) that hockey fans are done caring about more than the Kostitsyns? i can’t stand their attitudes. watching them makes hockey look bad.

    • sjsblitz - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      Leave him alone, he just didnt want to mess up his plus/minus rating in that game against Edmonton, HEH

  2. bellicosejeff - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Well……BYE! Say hello to Radulov for us!! Of course this was a news story from a Russian new sourse. Often those reports need to be taken with a grain of salt. I’m having a hard time believing after all the Radulov B.S. that Poile is cool with letting Tits go to the KHL with a year left on his deal. Of course trading him might be a pain at his cap hit and his production last season. Buy him out, but why waste an amnesty buyout on a guy with one year left? Suspend him perhaps?

    Is it possible the KHL team can give the Preds cash compensation?
    We’ll see how all this unfolds in the coming weeks I reckon.

  3. vshehane - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I don’t think Sergei can be compared to Radulov or even his brother. My biggest issue with Sergei is that he is just so tenative in his play. He really hasn’t had a bad attitude or given the team trouble.

  4. btlpper68 - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Even though kostitsyn is a skilled player like radulov
    It realy hasn’t worked out that much

  5. dsonashville28 - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    The Predators can also buy him out and count his buyout against the cap, therefore not using one of their 2 amnesty buyouts. I’m sure that is the kind of discussion taking place between David Poile and ownership right now. Either way, Sergei has been a massive underachiever and this team needs to move on.

  6. billyhauntswizards - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Sergei’s not as incompetent as his brother but he still makes this game and the Predators look bad. I’d be fine with him leaving.

  7. scionofflame - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Sergei is a good player. I think his problem lies in confidence and focus. He doesn’t shoot nearly as often as he should, and he hesitates constantly.

    He hasn’t been the best in the world, but he’s not a bad kid by any stretch. Hopefully some time in the KHL will see him have a much better career.

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