Found July 23, 2012 on Fang Faction:

Nashville Predators' forward, Sergei Kostitsyn has avoided arbitration 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.

In the middle of the Rick Nash conclusion, Sergei Kostitsyn settles in NSH. Looks like 2 yrs, approx $6M.

— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 23, 2012

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.

Press release to come... 


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