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Oilers pick up defenceman Nikita Nikitin from Columbus for a draft pick

Pittsburgh Penguins' Joe Vitale, right, and Columbus Blue Jackets' Nikita Nikitin


The Edmonton Oilers have acquired the rights to defenceman Nikita Nikitin from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a fifth round pick in this weekend's NHL Draft.

The Oilers also confirmed the two sides have agreed on a two-year deal. Several media reports put the total worth of the deal at $9-million (U.S.)

With the trade, Columbus re-acquired the draft pick that it had sent to Edmonton in exchange for defenceman Nick Schultz in March.

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The 28-year-old Nikitin registered two goals and 13 assists for 15 points in 66 games with Columbus last season. He was acquired in a trade with St. Louis in 2011. He tallied 12 goals and 44 assists for 56 points in 158 games as a Blue Jacket.

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