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Goldy’s Gone: Nikolay Goldobin signs two-year deal in KHL

The Utica Comets likely to lose their top two scorers heading into next season.

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Nikolay Goldobin finished with 18 goals in 116 games for the Canucks.
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The day started with news of Reid Boucher potentially leaving the organization. Then, it was confirmed that Nikolay Goldobin would be leaving the Canucks organization as well.

This move was long rumoured, but it became official today that Goldy would join CKSA Moscow on a two-year deal.

After Goldobin signed a one-year, one-way contract for $900,000 last year, he ended up playing one game at the NHL level. He did register 19 goals and 50 points in 51 games for the Utica Comets, second only to the aforementioned Boucher.

Goldobin’s best shot at success in the NHL came during the 2018-19 season. He began the season on a line with rookie Elias Pettersson, and put up some points early on. However, he was a defensive liability and often looked lost without the puck, something that drew the ire of Travis Green. He also had trouble finding the back of the net as well, finishing with seven goals and 27 points in 63 games that season.

Overall, Goldobin finished with 18 goals and 44 points in 116 games for the Canucks.

While the loss doesn’t mean much for the Canucks, it does create some holes on an Utica Comets team that is now down their top two scorers.