One down, one more to go.
The Vancouver Canucks have ended a summer-long stalemate with restricted free agent Nikolay Goldobin, re-signing the Russian winger to a one-year, one-way contract worth $900,000.
“Nikolay is a gifted offensive player who has shown good chemistry with some of our other younger players,” said GM Jim Benning in a media release. “He has taken steps to round out his game and we’re excited to see continued improvement from him this season.”
Despite the one-way deal, Goldobin is not guaranteed a spot in the Canucks’ opening night lineup. With the acquisitions of JT Miller and Micheal Ferland, there promises to be fewer opportunities for the skilled winger. Because Goldobin’s contract is less than $1.075 million, the entirety can be buried in the AHL without affecting the Canucks’ salary cap.
Despite finding early success on a line with Elias Pettersson last season, Goldobin quickly found his way into head coach Travis Green’s doghouse. The Moscow native scored 23 points in 41 games in the first three months of the season but saw time in the press box after that. He finished the season with 27 points in 63 games.
The signing of Goldobin means that Brock Boeser remains as the only unsigned RFA on the Canucks’ roster, with training camp fast approaching on September 13.