Apr 1, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Andrei Loktionov (8) carries the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland (5) defends during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Carolina Hurricanes won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes’ RFAs: Andrei Loktionov


Mar 25, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Loktionov (8) is congratulated by teammate Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) after his first period goal against the New York Islanders at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Acquired at the trade deadline, Andrei Loktionov, was expected by most to be nothing more than a throw-in as the Carolina Hurricanes unloaded Tuomo Ruutu and his salary.

Instead Loktionov turned out to be more of an impact than Ruutu was. The Russian finished with 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in his 20 games with the Canes and 22 points total.

As is a worry with most Russian players, the KHL is a plausible option for Loktionov. He would earn more money in his native country, while also playing a bigger role with a team. But Loktionov has said that he wants to stay in the NHL and is open to a return with the Hurricanes.

But another question, is how much can Loktionov contribute? Expecting 40 points out of him is probably too much. He’s a skilled bottom-six player that can double as a power-play specialist, but 30 points may be more reasonable for the 23 year old.

Loktionov earned $725,000 this season and a slight increase should be expected. Somewhere from $900,000 to $1.5 million is a good range for him. I also wouldn’t expect a deal longer than a year or two.

I think the Hurricanes should definitely re-sign Loktionov, if they can. Loktionov brought some much-needed secondary scoring, but the Canes need to act fast, or the KHL might swoop in and sign him.

Should the Hurricanes re-sign Andrei Loktionov?

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