Columbus Blue Jackets sign defenceman Nikita Nikitin to 2-year, $4.3-million deal

Author:
Publish date:

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenceman Nikita Nikitin to a two-year, $4.3 million contract.

The 26-year-old Nikitin, who had seven goals and 25 assists in 61 games a year ago with the Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues, will make $1.8 million this coming season and $2.5 million in 2013-14.

He was acquired by the Blue Jackets on Nov. 11 in a straight-up deal for defenceman Kris Russell.

Nikitin ended up second among Columbus defencemen in goals, assists and points and was second overall with three game-winning goals and fourth in average ice time (23:11). St. Louis' fifth pick, 136th overall in the 2004 draft, he set career highs in each of those categories.

TOP HEADLINES

Owen Power
Play

Owen Power Back to Michigan? It Wouldn't Hurt

He's the best prospect in the 2021 Draft but if the defenseman returns to college for another season, there would be definite benefits.

USATSI_16227098
Play

A Tiered List of Dougie Hamilton Sign-and-Trade Suitors

The Hurricanes have given their star defenseman permission to speak with other teams leading up to free agency. Who will join the feeding frenzy and make a play for Hamilton?

unnamed
Play

Blooming Belarusians: Staking a Claim in International Hockey

In an attempt to hang with the heavyweights, Belarus established a development program akin to the U.S. NTDP. A decade later, it's starting to bear fruit.