The Nashville Predators have avoided salary arbitration with winger Sergei Kostitsyn, signing him to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

Spector’s Note: Kostitsyn blossomed in his first season with the Predators, his 23 goals, 27 assists for 50 points all career-bests, though he floundered  in the playoffs, with only five assists in 12 games. Still, this is a good deal for the Preds, allowing them another season to fully evaluate Kostitsyn before deciding to commit long-term.