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Done deal: Oilers sign Nikitin, send fifth-round pick to Jackets

Jun 25, 2014, 9:48 AM EDT

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The Edmonton Oilers were able to come to a deal with potential free agent defenseman Nikita Nikitin and now their trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets is official.

The Oilers send a fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft to the Jackets for the 28-year old Russian blue liner. Elliotte Friedman of CBC reports his new contract is a two-year deal worth $9 million. It’s a bit much on money and a $4.5 million cap hit won’t look so hot on the books, but at two years it’s not a killer deal by any means.

The two sides worked out the awkward deal based upon the Oilers getting a new contract set with Nikitin. Now with that in place, the two sides signed off.

Nikitin spent the past two and a half seasons in Columbus after being acquired in a deal with the St. Louis Blues in 2011. In 66 games last season, he had two goals and 15 points. Known more for his physical play than his ability to score, he’s the type of defenseman the Oilers could use.

  1. lowenni - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    It’s more than most teams would pay for him, but for a team like the Oilers who are so desperate for defensive help it’ll be alright for just two years. I didn’t realize he was only 28. Nikitin provides solid defense and offense and while he isn’t what the Oilers really need–a top blue liner–he’ll help out with what has really been a weakness for them. Not a bad deal, they just still need more.

  2. esracerx46 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    4.5 million per year, plus a draft pick. Talk about an overpay. I think theyre already regretting that contract. Kudos to Nikitin and his agent.

  3. rsl22 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    He was 7th in average ice time per game for defenders in Columbus, but he’s worth $4.5 in EDM. Managed to be 5th in ice time during playoffs, but he was also a healthy scratch.

  4. withseidelinn - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    MacTavish gives a new meaning to incompetence. The guy made $2.15 on his last deal and put up 15 pts with a +9 rating on a team that is way better defensively than EDM is. You can expect that his numbers will fall, not necessarily because of his skill level but because of the overall ability of the Oilers team around him. Talk about overpaying for no reason.

  5. stcrowe - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Nikitin is just getting in line for the Edmonton to KHL exodus.

  6. luz56 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Yup the Killer attacks with his incompetence… Still wonder in amazement the trading of their best DMan in Smid to my Flames…so they go out and replace him in a tease with the same type of player… WOW good luck Oil..

  7. 950003cups - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Welcome to the First Annual Edmonton Offensive Fire Sale. With all those draft picks they have a shot at trading for defensemen of their choosing. A bit late for that, but they need to hurry and get a goalie as well.

  8. 19to77 - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Nikitin was a healthy scratch in Columbus and his previous contract was for less than half this much. Why on Earth did Edmonton more than double his salary coming off the worst season of his career? I get that they’re desperate but they don’t have to be desperate AND stupid.

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