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Sergei Kostitsyn | Winger

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 207
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Sergei Kostitsyn inked a three-year deal in the KHL with Avangard Omsk, according to Sovetsky Sport's Genadi Boguslavski.
No surprise here, as reports swirled about this happening for weeks and Kostitsyn's contract with the Predators was terminated Friday evening. The winger saw his production dip last season, to three goals and 12 assists in 46 games. Fri, Jul 5, 2013 09:44:00 PM

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The Nashville Predators have terminated Sergei Kostitsyn's contract.

Kostitsyn is presumably leaving the Predators to play in the KHL. He had three goals and 15 points in 46 games last season.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 05:06:00 PM

The Nashville Predators placed Sergei Kostitsyn on unconditional waivers Wednesday.

Normally, this would be the first step in a compliance buyout, but TSN's Bob McKenzie notes it can also be used when both player and team have mutually agreed to terminate a contract. Kostitsyn is in talks with Avangard Omsk of the KHL and his agent told The Tennessean earlier there's a "good chance" Kostitsyn ends up in the Russian league. Stay tuned.
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 12:25:00 PM

Sergei Kostitsyn is still in talks with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.

If he is able to come to terms to play in Russia then Nashville has agreed to loan his rights. The Predators won't have to pay Kostitsyn his $3 million salary, but they will still be responsible for his salary cap hit.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 05:49:00 PM

Updating a previous item, according to reports out of Russia, Sergei Kostitsyn has signed on to play with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.

He produced just three goals and 15 points in 46 games during the lockout-shortened season and it appears as though he completely fell out of favor in Nashville. The Predators approved of him talking to KHL teams despite having one year left on his NHL contract and said they wouldn't stand in his way if he wanted to play overseas.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 05:49:00 PM

It sounds like the Nashville Predators are prepared to move on without Sergei Kostitsyn.

The Predators won't stand in Kostitsyn's way if he decides to play in Russia next season. GM David Poile isn't sure how the situation will work out, but it doesn't sound like he would broken up about it if Kostitsyn left. "I just want to be a hardworking team that's hard to play against, and we need to play to our potential," Poile said. "With Sergei, three goals ... we're not going to win anything if a guy on your first line scores three goals. That's unacceptable." Nashville is prepared to loan Kostitsyn to a KHL club and be responsible for his $3 million salary cap hit but not for his salary. If he can't get a job in Russia for whatever reason then it could be an awkward situation in Nashville during the final year of his contract.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 05:31:00 PM

Nashville Predators GM David Poile says Sergei Kostitsyn is exploring his options in the KHL.

Poile said Kostitsyn, who is still under contract with Nashville, would be on loan to a KHL club if that was the option the Russian-born winger chose. It's unclear if Kostitsyn would count against the Predators' salary cap if he left for Russia, but the team should have plenty of room under the lowered cap regardless of Kostitsyn's decision.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 12:08:00 PM

Sergei Kostitsyn might not count against the cap if he signs in the KHL.

Although teams can no longer escape a player's cap hit by burying him in the minors, suspended players don't count against the cap. If Kostitsyn signs in the KHL while he's still under contract with the Nashville Predators, the team might be able to go that route. That might actually be the Predators' preference as the GM of the KHL's KHL's Avangard Omsk suggested that Predators GM David Poile would be fine with Kostitsyn signing elsewhere. That being said, Nashville isn't hurting for cap space.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 06:02:00 PM

The KHL's Avangard Omsk has reportedly offered a contract to Sergei Kostitsyn, who is still under contract with Nashville.

The Avangard's GM claims that he's talked with Predators GM David Poile, who is reportedly okay with Kostitsyn leaving for the KHL. Predators coach Barry Trotz criticized Kostitsyn's lack of offensive production in 2013. His brother Andrei Kostitsyn, played in the KHL in 2012-13 after a brief stint with the Nashville Predators.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 04:06:00 PM

Sergei Kostitsyn suffered an MCL injury Saturday and will need two-four weeks to recover.

It was the last game of the regular season and with the Predators on the outside looking in at the playoffs, it will only interfere with his off-season. Just an FYI as he had only three goals and 15 points in 46 games this season and should not have been in your lineup.
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Sergei Kostitsyn potted a goal and also registered an assist in the Predators' 3-2 win over the Oilers Monday night.

Kostitsyn has never been an offensive juggernaut, but this is still a disappointing 2013 season for the Belarus native. With the two-point night, Kostitsyn has only 13 points in 31 games this season.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 10:48:00 PM

Sergei Kostitsyn got back into Nashville's lineup Thursday after he was a healthy scratch on Tuesday.

He was sent to the press box after he gave up on a play and headed for a line change, which resulted in a two-on-one rush and a shorthanded goal for Edmonton on Sunday. He logged 17:17 of ice time in his return, while posting a plus-2 rating and one shot.
Fri, Mar 22, 2013 10:14:00 AM

Sergei Kostitsyn will not dress Tuesday after his mental lapse during Sunday's loss to the Edmonton oilers.

Kostitsyn lost the puck during a power play and called for a change rather than backchecking on what became a 2-on-1 rush and eventual goal for the Oilers. For his part, Kostitsyn held himself accountable for the mistake, but his benching shouldn't come as a surprise at all. Get him out of your lineup tonight and expect him back in for Thursday night.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 01:12:00 PM

Sergei Kostitsyn's mental lapse cost the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

Kostitsyn was playing the point on the power play and went to the bench for a change allowing the Edmonton Oilers to have a 2-on-1 instead of a 2-on-2. The Oilers scored shorthanded, making it 2-1 for Edmonton in a game they eventually won 3-2. "I made a mistake," Kostitsyn said. "I went to change. I should have backchecked, but didn't see the second guy was coming there. Even if it was a one-on-one, I should go back. It doesn't matter if I was tired. I should have gone back and pressured him from behind."
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 09:30:00 AM

Sergei Kostitsyn will play the point on the first power play.

The move was made in practice as Kostitsyn will join Shea Weber on the point, replacing Roman Josi. "I think we need to distribute the puck a little bit better than we are," coach Barry Trotz said. "That's one thing Sergei can do and has done in the past." The Preds are only 1-11 in their last five games with the man-advantage so they are looking for a spark. Kostitsyn has two goals and nine points in 22 games but is plus-eight this season.
Mon, Mar 4, 2013 10:35:00 AM

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