One of my favourite Habs is a Hab no longer. Tom Kostopoulos has signed a three-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes. Hopefully he’ll be better appreciated in Carolina.
Kostopoulos was never a star, and will never be a star, but he’s as important as most any other on a team. He fights bigger men, he’s the definitive team player, he works harder than hard, he digs deep in the corners where bigger stars refuse to go. He’s just not an impact player, far from it, and at the moment, Montreal needs impact players.
Last year on the Quebec TV show 100%, Michel Beaudry, to the chuckles around him from Michel Bergeron and Jean Perron, called him Kostfuckupolos because Beaudry thought the team should be playing Steve Begin more. Beaudry was fired for this, but that’s the sort of thing Kostopoulos had to put up with from certain brutal media types in Montreal.
This is a guy who earns his money and gets no respect, except from a couple of important ones – his teammates and many fans. I hope he does fantastic down south. Carolina’s lucky to have him.