Here is what General Manager of Avangard Yuri Pockets told the Russian news site, translated and edited.
"We offered Sergei a contract, he is now [in discussions]. Every day I contact with his agent. I also contact the general manager of Nashville David Poile. We talked a few times on this issue and came to the conclusion that Nashville would not object to his move to the [Avangard]. Now everything depends on the willingness of Sergei, who is considering several proposals. We are actively negotiating with him and are close to having to continue our relationship."
With David Poile basically saying, "I'll pack your bags for you," things are done between Kostitsyn and the Predators. Right now, it appears the relationship is broken.
Losing Kostitsyn was be one less headache in the locker room. Constantly head coach Barry Trotz would have a one-on-one with him, guiding him through shot taking. He did not listen.
During the 2012 NHL Lockout, the Novopolotsk, Belarus native played in 27 games for Avangard where he scored 28 points (9g, 19a).
Avangard's GM is really pushing for the return of a NHL-bust first line containing SK and Alexander Frolov.
Last season, Kostitsyn totaled one of the worst point productions in his career, scoring three goals in 46 games played.
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