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Canucks re-sign Nikolay Goldobin to one-year contract

Goldy is back.

The Canucks have re-signed Russian RFA forward Nikolay Goldobin to a one-year, one-way contract worth $900K.

Goldobin recorded seven goals and 27 points in 63 games last season while averaging 14:59 of ice time. The pending RFA forward was issued a qualifying offer at the end of the year.

Goldobin was originally selected 27th overall by the Sharks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The Canucks acquired Goldobin from San Jose along with a conditional fourth round draft pick in exchange for Jannik Hansen in February 2017.

Goldobin showed great flashes of potential in his first full year with Vancouver, but the team is likely hoping for more consistency in his second season. He impressed with nine goals and 31 points in 30 games for AHL Utica in 2017-18 before receiving his callup.

GM Jim Benning issued the following quote about the signing in the press release.

“Nikolay is a gifted offensive player who has shown good chemistry with some of our other younger players. He has taken steps to round out his game and we’re excited to see continued improvement from him this season.”

There are alot of bodies on this Canucks roster entering training camp and it will be interesting to see where Goldobin fits in. You can read Goldobin’s revealing Russian language interview (translated) where he talks about his ideal linemates here. Chris Faber’s final plea for Nikolay Goldobin to be on the first line can be found here.

With Goldobin re-signed, the Canucks will shift focus to getting their last remaining RFA, forward Brock Boeser, signed to a new deal.

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  • Ragnarok Ouroboros

    Canucks have a better defense this year. Hopefully this will allow Coach Green to give Goldobin a longer leash and showcase his creativeness. He was good with Boeser and Petterson, and should get another chance with them.

    • Killer Marmot

      The trouble is that every winger is going to be more effective alongside Boeser and Pettersson. Green’s first lineup decision will be to find the best left winger on the team, and put him there.

  • NeverWas

    The cool thing is that the Canucks have the pieces to make a pretty strong top 9 … Say what you will about Sutter but a 3rd line of Goldy/Sutter/virt (cycle in Baer as needed) is pretty decent. The offensive could run through Goldy and he Sutter/virt could be that drive hard to the night and get good quality shots off. I could totally see the Canucks having a pretty good third line.

    Like I said, the best part about this is the options in the top 9… It’s pretty exciting and can’t wait to see the different combos (and hopefully success ) of the lines when they hit the ice.

  • J-Canuck

    At 900k I believe the Canucks will start him as 13th in and out of the line up, while hopefully working in his game in practice. When injuries or trades happen, he will get his chance and if he continues to stagnate…
    Could be last year for Goldy in Van

  • Kanuckhotep

    Benning has played this one right with a last-chance-to-show-what-you-can-do contract for a still young player with some promise. $900K is a trifle by today’s standards and hopefully a bargain for the Canucks. But if Goldy can’t bring it this year he never will, at least for this franchise. Management still believes in him and hopefully #77 proves them and the fans right.

    • J-Canuck

      Last year was his chance with glaring need for a top line winger and secondary scoring. With additions in top six, Goldys challenge just got bigger. Hopefully he steps up and can start to become a player not just an offensive player

      • Locust

        Ya, I agree. His chance to shine was last year. He will look even worse comparatively this year unless he has completely turned it around. If not, off to Utica and if he is claimed, oh well, 900K off the books. This should be the last article on this, it is show me or shove off time for Goldy.

  • Burnabybob

    I hope I’m wrong, but I suspect this will be Goldobin’s last year with the Canucks. Players at his age don’t usually break out suddenly. If he was going to be a top six forward, he would have shown it by now. And with Ferland and Miller joining the team, and prospects like Podkolzin in the pipeline, there’s even less room for Goldobin.

  • CanuckRealist

    Remember when YOU told us the bust Goldobin for legit warrior/mentor Hansen was a massive win for Benning and the nucks. I do.

    Remember when YOU told us Dahlen for RoH warrior/mentor Burrows was a massive win for Benning and the nucks. I do.

    Remember when YOU squeaked that adding Miller, Ferland and Myers was easily taking the nucks from the basement to the playoffs? I WILL.

    Good job NONE of you turkey gobblers will ever make a real hockey decision in your sad post-all-off-season lives aint it. Nextttttttttttt