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Nikitin has cleared waivers and has been assigned to Bakersfield (AHL).

Nikitin, 29, will head to the AHL for the first time since 2010-11 despite posting three assists and a plus-2 rating in four preseason games. Griffin Reinhart or Brandon Davidson are expected to stick with the Oilers in place of Nikitin.

Source: Joanne Ireland 10/4/15, 5:27 pm EST

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The Oilers have placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The oft-injured Nikitin had 10 points (4G / 6A) in 42 games last year for the Oilers. He didn’t appear to be in the Oilers plans for 2015-16 after the emergence of Oscar Klefbom and the addition of Griffin Reinhart. If he clears waivers he is expected to be assigned to Oklahoma City (AHL).

Source: Mark Spector 10/3/15, 2:18 pm EST

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Nikitin (ankle) has been medically cleared to play in Thursday's opener.

Nikitin, 28, was acquired from Columbus this offseason to bring some added experience to the Oilers blueline. He had a breakout year in 2011-12, but has failed to eclipse the 20-point mark in any of his other four seasons. He will start his Oilers career on the second pairing with Mark Fayne; who will also be making his Edmonton debut.

Source: Chris Wescott 10/8/14, 1:00 pm EST

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The Oilers have signed defenceman Nikita Nikitin to a two--year deal worth $9 million.

The Oilers acquired Nikitin's rights from the Blue Jackets in exchange for a fifth-round pick. The 28-year-old Nikitin has had a very difficult time staying healthy. He missed 16 games this season with a combination of upper and lower-body injuries. He has missed a total of 54 games over the last three seasons (25.5% of games). However, when he is in the lineup he has shown flashes of top-4 defenseman. He had 32 points in his first year with the Blue Jackets but saw his production fall to two goals and 13 assists (15 points) last year.

Source: Joanne Ireland 06/25/14, 5:46 am EST

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