Oilers general manager Ken Holland explains why Klim Kostin was not signed

Sam Jones
June 5, 2024  (1:46 PM)

Oilers general manager Ken Holland explains why Klim Kostin was not signed
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In a revealing interview with Jason Gregor, Ken Holland, the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, offered an in-depth look at the strategic decisions behind the team's journey to the Stanley Cup Final.

One significant point of discussion was the departure of Klim Kostin, a player who quickly became a fan favorite during his brief stint with the team.
According to Holland, the Oilers had every intention of retaining Kostin. However, external factors played a decisive role.
We tried to re-sign Kostin, but at the end of the day, we were really negotiating against the KHL. We ended up trading him to Detroit, and we traded Kailer Yamamoto with him, because again, we were trying to create cap space. Kostin loved it here, he loved his role, loved the team, and wanted to be here. But we couldn't match what the KHL offered.
This statement sheds light on the complexities of player negotiations and the impact of international leagues on NHL roster decisions.
Kostin's tenure with the Oilers, though brief, was marked by significant contributions both on and off the ice. Over 57 regular-season games and 12 playoff appearances, Kostin was heralded for his robust physical play and scoring ability, elements that made him an ideal fit for the team's bottom six.
His affinity for the city and the team resonated deeply, making his departure a poignant moment for both parties.
Despite the trade, Kostin's connection to Edmonton remains strong. He has expressed fond memories of his time with the Oilers and an openness to a future return. His attendance at the team's first-round playoff game against Los Angeles this season further underscores his ongoing support for the team.
Currently with the San Jose Sharks, Kostin is under contract for the upcoming season at a modest $2 million salary. With his status as a restricted free agent looming, his future in the NHL remains a subject of speculation.
If the Sharks find themselves out of playoff contention again, the possibility of Kostin making a return to Edmonton could well be on the horizon, a scenario that would likely be welcomed by both the player and the Oilers.
Kostin's journey through the NHL highlights the dynamic and often unpredictable nature of sports management, where player loyalty and strategic interests must continually balance against the backdrop of global sporting influences.
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Oilers general manager Ken Holland explains why Klim Kostin was not signed

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