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Sergei Kostitsyn ends time with Preds, signs in KHL // prohockeytalk.nbcsports

To the surprise of few, Sergei Kostitsyns time with the Nashville Predators officially ended on Friday, as the Tennesseans Joshua Cooper reports that his contract was terminated. Sovetsky Sports Genadi Boguslavski reports that the winger signed a three-year deal with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.

This is the second summer in a row that the team decided to part ways with a polarizing European winger who ranked as one of the teams top scorers. As you may remember, things ended pretty poorly with Alexander Radulov in the 2012 offseason, who also escaped to the KHL.

Kostitsyn, 26, didnt break curfew like his brother Andrei and Radulov did to get on head coach Barry Trotzs bad side.

When Nashville signed him, there seemed to be two schools of thought: he wouldnt mix well with Trotzs worldview or hed be a steal as a skilled scorer at a low price.

Really, it seems like both sides were right. Kostitsyn tied Martin Erat for the teams scoring lead in 2010-11 with 50 points and was nicely productive until things went south in 2013. Still, it seemed inevitable that he would fall out of place in Nashvilles grinding system.

With that all in mind, it makes sense that the two sides parted ways. Still, one cannot help but wonder how much the Predators will struggle to score in 2013-14, even with their considerable free agent spending.

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