DISCLAIMER: Just forget about the time the Sens traded for a Nikita from Columbus and it didn't work out and focus on the time they traded for a defenceman and it did.
In his "Short Shifts" column last night the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson wrote:
"The Blue Jackets are trying to move defenceman Nikita Nikitin to get Tim Erixon (a piece of the Rick Nash trade) up from the minors. Nikitin was very good the last 30 games for the Jackets last season, but his play has dropped way off."
Nikitin has been a healthy scratch six times already this season. The asset cost here could be small.
As I see it Nikita Nikitin is an undervalued player, who matches the Sens current needs, and is on a relatively inexpensive contract.
After what's been paid out, if the trade was completed soonish the Sens would be on the hook for around two millionish dollars of Nikitin's contract. Now, this is a lot of money to Melnyk apparently, but I think it would be a very worthwhile investment.
So who exactly is Nikita Nikitin, well he's 6'3 217lbs, just turned 27, a left shot who can play the right-side!, haver of a recursive name, and Russian. He's not Volchenkov (though he can hit), but like Anton he has a proven ability to suppress shots against.no comments