The Russian Winger may need a new contract with the Canucks – and the team has to do it back – but apparently reports of him jumping to the KHL are premature
Nikolay Goldobin said three weeks ago he wants to come back to Vancouver for the 2019-20 season.
And despite the speculation in the Russian hockey media that he may have set to join CSKA Moscow of the KHL, it seems that his still goal.
According to Sportsnet 650's Rick Dhaliwal, new agent Sergey Isakov said the Russian winger has no plans to return to the Canucks next season.
Of course, to return to Vancouver next fall Goldobin will need a new contract; His entry-level deal expands this spring and the Canucks can make him a restricted free agent simply making him a qualifying offer.
Jim Benning Postwar on Monday that the Canucks were still on their plans for Goldobin, who scored seven goals and added 20 assists in 63 games this season.
"We’re having hockey ops this week and will have a better idea on Goldy at the end of the week," he said in a text message.
Goldobin will also support the head coach Travis Green, who spoke frankly and repeatedly over the second half of what he wanted to see: zone.
He wanted to see a player he had full faith in playing on a scoring line, one who does a solid job away from the puck and in puck battles, on top of the obvious offensive talents.
Goldobin said on April 9 he was very well informed about his coach wanted from him.
A faster player. A quicker player. A fitter player.
"Hopefully I'll get another chance to play here," he said.
Russian hockey reporter Igor Eronko reported Friday that Goldobin could end up in the famed red and blue of CSKA, known historically as Central Red Army.
In his tweet in Russian, Eronko added "apparently" alongside his report of Goldobin ditching the NHL, putting some doubt forward about his sources were telling him.
It doesn't seem to be a source of Goldobin's new agent who works for Newport Sports Management, the powerhouse hockey agency headed by super-agent Don Meehan.
Until we learned Monday morning that Goldobin had a new agent, he had been with Igor Larionov, the former Soviet, Canucks and Red Wings star who is also in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Former Canucks Assistant General Manager Laurence Gilman, now on the Leafs, once called Meehan and Newport Sports "deal-makers."
"When it comes to shove, they're trying to get a deal done," he told TSN 1040 in 2017, in which Bo Horvat might have picked up Newport and his representation going into contract extension with the Canucks.
"They understand the value of their clients and where the market is," he added.
So did Goldobin think of this when switching agents? It 's not like Larionov and his Will Sports Group don' t have nice stable clients (including Canuck Josh Leivo).
Still, Newport has a history of delivering solid deals for their clients, Horvat among them. And, not so long, for Chris Tanev.
Tanev had been with Vancouver-based agent Ross Gurney for a year when he was aboard Meehan's super-ship. He picked up a very nice raise in the summer of 2015.
Goldobin, perhaps, also looked at the contract blueliner Erik Gudbranson landed a year ago, and three-year deal that surprised some of the struggles Gudbranson had faced in his first two seasons in Vancouver.
Whatever the motivations, his intent apparently remains clear.
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