Kostitsyn leaves behind one year remaining on his contract with Nashville. Whether or not his contract ends up being bought out will be determined soon. Either way, SK74 was no longer in the club's plan for the future.
During the 2012 NHL Lockout, the Novopolotsk, Belarus native played in 27 games for Avangard where he scored 28 points (9g, 19a).
Said GM of the Predators David Poile last week, “I’ve spoken with his agent and this goes back to the end of last year. My meeting with him was not perfect and certainly not positive. He certainly didn’t have a great year—and I’m not trying to separate Sergei from a lot of other players, it’s just we were not happy with his year."
Poile also said he didn't object to Kostitsyn leaving to play in the KHL. With that statement alone, it was clear the coaching staff and management were tired of watching him wet the bed on the ice. Losing SK can hopefully be an addition by subtraction, but it does hurt losing a top six forward.