Nikolay Goldobin’s time with the Vancouver Canucks is coming to an end, according to a report from Russian hockey reporter Igor Eronko.
Goldobin is heading home, as the 24-year-old Moscow native will sign a two-year contract with CSKA of the KHL.
Per source Nikolai Goldobin is set to sign a 2-year deal with CSKA of the KHL #Canucks
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) April 11, 2020
Goldobin was a trade deadline acquisition by the Canucks in 2017, acquired in the Jannik Hansen trade with the San Jose Sharks.
He had his best run of success in 2018-19, racking up points while playing on Elias Pettersson’s wing early in the season. Goldobin scored 23 points in 41 games until January but scored just four points in his final 23 games while in Travis Green’s doghouse.
Goldobin never seemed to be a favourite of the coach, whether that be Green or Willie Desjardins before him. He appeared in just one game with the Canucks last season. A restricted free agent at season’s end, Goldobin told TSN 1040’s Rick Dhaliwal that the team wasn’t interested in re-signing him.
Just had a brief talk with Nikolay Goldobin about signing in Russia for the next 2 years.
“The #Canucks did not want to sign me, I was disappointed how it turned out in VAN but I am happy to sign in KHL and will try NHL again in 2 years.”
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) April 11, 2020
Goldobin has appeared in 125 career NHL games, scoring 19 goals and 27 assists, for 46 points. He’s coming off a strong season with the AHL’s Utica Comets, scoring 50 points (19-31-50) in 51 games.