Nashville - The Nashville Predators officially locked up restricted free-agent forward Sergei Kostitsyn on Tuesday.
The deal is worth $550,000 for the upcoming season.
Nashville acquired the embattled Kostitsyn from the Montreal Canadiens on June 29 in exchange for goaltender Dan Ellis and forward Dustin Boyd.
A native of Belarus, Kostitsyn notched seven goals and 18 points in 47 regular-season games with the Habs last year. Despite Montreal's surprise run to the Eastern Conference finals which included wins over top-seed Washington and defending Cup champion Pittsburgh, he failed to record a point in five playoff contests and was a healthy scratch for the remainder.
Over his three-year NHL career, all with Montreal, the 23-year-old has compiled 24 goals and 68 points in 155 games.