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September 24, 2012 | 8:55am ET
Nikitin signs with Omsk
TheFourthPeriod.com

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin has signed in the KHL and will be playing for Avangard Omsk Oblast during the NHL lockout.

Nikitin becomes the 21st NHLer to sign in the KHL during the lockout, and the first with Omsk.

In 61 games with the St. Louis Blues and Blue Jackets last season, Nikitin registered seven goals and 25 assists for 32 points.

He was traded by the Blues to Columbus on Nov. 11, 2011, in exchange for defenseman Kris Russell.

KHL teams are allowed to sign a maximum of three NHL players during the NHL's lockout, while a max salary has been imposed of 65 per cent of what they earn under their NHL contracts.

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