Goldobin is returning home, while the 24-year-old Moscow native will sign a two-year contract with KHL’s CSKA.
By source Nikolai Goldobin to sign 2-year contract with KHL CSKA #Canucks
– Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) April 11, 2020
Goldobin was a deadline acquisition by the Canucks in 2017, acquired in the Jannik Hansen trade with the San Jose Sharks.
He had his best streak in 2018-19, racking up points while playing on Elias Pettersson’s wing at the start of the season. Goldobin has scored 23 points in 41 games until January, but has only scored four points in his last 23 games in Travis Green’s niche.
Goldobin never seemed to be a favorite of the coach, whether Green or Willie Desjardins before him. He appeared in a single game with the Canucks last season. A restricted free agent at the end of the season, Goldobin told Rick Dhaliwal of TSN 1040 that the team was not interested in renewing him.
I just had a brief interview with Nikolay Goldobin about signing in Russia for the next 2 years.
” The #Canucks didn’t want to sign me, I was disappointed with the way it went in VAN but I’m happy to sign in KHL and I will try the 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 just had a solid season with the AHL Utica Comets, scoring 50 points (19-31-50) in 51 games.