In what may turn out to be David Poile's best bargain basement signing, Sergei Kostitsyn was signed for $550,000 for the coming season. This comes on the heals of offing Dan Ellis, Dustin Boyd, Jason Arnott, and Dan Hamhuis's rights for Kostitsyn, Ryan Parent, and others assets that may become key parts of the next edition of the Nashville Predators.
His recent signing of Matthew Lombardi and great picks at the draft, in spite of limited opportunity, should make him the front-runner for next year's GM of the Year Award.
Here is the official release from the Preds on today's signing...
NASHVILLE PREDATORS SIGN FORWARD SERGEI KOSTITSYN
Nashville, Tenn. (July 6, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent Sergei Kostitsyn (SAIR-gay kaws-TIHT-sihn) to a one-year contract worth $550,000. Kostitsyn was acquired from Montreal in exchange for forward Dustin Boyd and goaltender Dan Ellis last Tuesday, June 29.
Kostitsyn, 23 (3/20/87), posted 18 points (7g-11a) in 47 contests during his third season at the NHL level with Montreal in 2009-10. In 155 career NHL contests over the past three seasons, the 6-0, 210-pound left wing has amassed 68 points (24g-44a), in addition to 49 points (15g-34a) in 55 American Hockey League games. Kostitsyn has also suited up for the Habs in each of their last three playoff appearances, putting up eight points (3g-5a) in 18 games.
A native of Novopolotsk, Belarus, Kostitsyn represented his country at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, leading the Belarusians in points with five (2g-3a) in four games. He played a pair of seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights after being Montreal’s sixth selection, 200th overall (seventh round), in the 2005 Entry Draft, amassing (66g-143a) in 122 games. He led the league in assists in 2006-07, en route to being named a Third-Team OHL All-Star.
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