Nikita Nikitin signs with Blue Jackets
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 defenseman Kris Russell.
Nikitin ended up second among Columbus defensemen 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.
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