Sergei Kostitsyn settles for 2 years, $6 million

Nashville Predators’ forward, Sergei Kostitsyn has avoided arbitration Monday and settled to a two year deal worth $6 million. It is an AAV of $3 million per season, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

Since we couldn’t understand what Darren Dreger tweeted out, thanks to auto-correct, here is the tweet sent out by Elliotte Friedman.

Sergei Kostitsyn Sergei Kostitsyn #74 of the Nashville Predators makes a drop pass in front of Mike Komisarek #8 of the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bridgestone Arena on November 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sergei Kostitsyn and his agent probably realized they weren’t going to get anything close to what they probably wanted. They realized that because of his terrible post-season play in the past two seasons.

In the 2011 playoffs, Kostitsyn played 12 games but only had five assists. In the 2012 playoffs, he played 10 games but only had a goal and an assist. Those poor performances by Sergei Kostitsyn has been critical to the team’s playoff success.

The money David Poile has given to Sergei Kostitsyn is fair for both parties. Poile isn’t over-paying for a player who can’t play to his full potential. This is a solid signing and keeps a skilled player on the team.

Here is the press release sent out by the Nashville Predators:

Nashville, Tenn. (July 23, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Sergei Kostitsyn to a two-year, $6 million contract.

Kostitsyn, 25 (3/20/87), notched 43 points (17g-26a) in 75 games in 2011-12, one season after leading the Predators in goals (23) and tying for the team lead in points (50). In addition to setting career highs in game-winning goals (3), shots (97) and average ice time (16:28) in 2011-12, the 6-0, 196-pound right wing ranked 10th in the NHL in shooting percentage (17.5), making his 21.1 percent success rate from 2010-12 is tops among players with at least 30 goals. In 307 career NHL contests with Nashville and Montreal since 2007, the Novopolotsk, Belarus native has 161 points (64g-97a).

Montreal’s sixth choice, 200th overall (seventh round), in the 2005 Entry Draft has represented Belarus in 10 international competitions since 2003, including the 2010 Olympics and the World Championships in May.