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.