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Nikita Nikitin | Defenseman

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/16/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 223
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Nikita Nikitin has agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.
The Oilers, who gained permission from Columbus to negotiate with Nikitin, will now give the Blue Jackets a fifth round pick as compensation. Nikitin had two goals and 15 points in 66 games in 2013-14. He's a reliable top-four defenseman, but he saw his role with the Blue Jackets diminish last season, so it's not surprising that both parties decided that move on. Jun 25 - 9:45 AM

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The Edmonton Oilers have been granted permission to talk to Columbus defenseman Nikita Nikitin.

The Blue Jackets will not be retaining the services of the Russian defenseman and have given the Oilers 48 hours to make a deal. If one is done, the Oilers are expected to give up a fifth round pick to Columbus, likely the one the Blue Jackets gave the Oilers when Nick Schultz went to Columbus at the trade deadline. The Oilers are looking to upgrade their blueline and Nikitin is a good five-six defenseman. He has little fantasy value with two goals and 15 points in 66 games last season.
Jun 21 - 10:45 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly been granted a window to negotiate with pending unrestricted free agent Nikita Nikitin.

It was originally reported that the Oilers had acquired Niktin's negotiation rights, but there hasn't been an actual transaction yet. If a contract is agreed upon then a trade could follow.
Jun 20 - 9:30 AM

Nikita Nikitin appears as though he will be permitted to test the market as a free agent in July.

The Blue Jackets have plenty of young blueliners who stepped up in 2013-14 and the team is willing to give them a shot. "You can't fast-forward the young players if they're not ready," GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "But you have to give them room to play, and to do that, you can't have too many guys in the same role. The bus gets crowded. We're working through it. There's plenty of time to get a deal done."
Jun 12 - 12:16 PM

Nikita Nikitin is hurt and won't play Monday night.

Coach Todd Richards wouldn't divulge what was bothering Nikitin. His ice time has fluctuated throughout the first five games of the team's first-round series against Pittsburgh.
Apr 28 - 4:35 PM

Nikita Nikitin (lower body) returned to action on Saturday.

Nikitin missed six games after he suffered the lower body injury on April 1. Nikitin has only two goals and 15 points in 65 games this season. It was thought that he could be a good offensive candidate for fantasy pools after his breakout season in 2011-12 when he had seven goals and 32 points in 61 games split between the Blues and the Blue Jackets but it is not to be.
Apr 13 - 2:42 AM

Nikita Nikitin suffered a lower-body injury on Tuesday and he won't play in Philadelphia on Thursday.

Coach Todd Richards said that Nick Schultz or Tim Erixon will play in his place. Consider Nikitin day-to-day for now.
Apr 2 - 1:34 PM

Nikita Nikitin was back in the Columbus lineup on Saturday after being a healthy scratch the previous two games.

Nikitin played alongside David Savard as he replaced Nick Schultz in the lineup. Nikitin has two goals and 15 points in 64 games this season with a plus-11 rating.
Mar 30 - 8:57 AM

Nikita Nikitin (head) returned to action on Tuesday March 11.

Nikitin was unavailable for two games. He had a plus-two rating in 20:34 minutes worth of ice time in his return.
Mar 12 - 2:29 AM

Nikita Nikitin (head) took part in an optional skate on Sunday and will be a game-time decision on Monday.

Nikitin sat out on Saturday but looks to be ready to return. He has two goals and 15 points in 56 games this season.
Mar 10 - 7:44 AM

Nikita Nikitin (head) partook in morning practice on Saturday but was unable to play.

Nikitin suffered an upper body injury when he was hit in the head by the Blackhawks Andrew Shaw on Thursday. It is thought that the Russian defenseman could be ready to go Monday in Dallas. Nikitin has two goals and 15 points in 56 games with a plus-seven rating this season.
Mar 9 - 7:30 AM

Nikita Nikitin (head) isn't likely to play on Saturday.

Nikitin left Thursday's game after being hit in the head by Chicago's Andrew Shaw. The Blue Jackets are calling it an upper-body injury, so it's not clear if they're being precautionary right now or if Nikitin has a concussion.
Mar 7 - 3:40 PM

Nikita Nikitin wasn't able to complete Thursday's game after being hit in the head by Chicago's Andrew Shaw.

The incident occurred in the first period. Nikitin initially tried to stay in the game, but left after logging just 35 seconds in the second frame. For now, Nikitin will continue to travel with the club and will be examined further on Friday.
Mar 7 - 9:34 AM

Nikita Nikitin logged a team-low 10:16 of ice time in Russia's 5-2 win over Slovenia.

He earned an assist and had one shot on goal despite his limited minutes. The Russians dressed eight defensemen in the contest.
Feb 13 - 1:54 PM

Nikita Nikitin scored a goal and an assist in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

The Russian-born defenseman has scored five of his 11 points this season in the last five games. He's not really getting the ice time you'd hope for in a fringe blueliner, though, so it's probably best to monitor his progress rather than taking the plunge right away.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:38:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Artem Anisimov
4Brian Gibbons
5Ryan Craig
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Nick Foligno
3Boone Jenner
4Matt Calvert
5Mark Letestu
RW1Nathan Horton
2Cam Atkinson
3Jared Boll
4Corey Tropp
5Jerry D'Amigo
D1James Wisniewski
2Jack Johnson
3Fedor Tyutin
4Ryan Murray
5Nikita Nikitin
6David Savard
7Dalton Prout
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney