The Canadiens have shipped the terribly inconsistent Andrei Kostitsyn to the Nashville Predators for a 2013 2nd round draft pick, plus the 5th round pick the Habs had traded to the Preds in the Hal Gill deal. Kostitsyn joins his brother Sergei, who was also a nonachiever as a member of the Habs.
I found it funny in reading ESPN’s Scott Burnside’s assessment that Kostitsyn brings size and skill to the Predators. Sure he does. He brings decent size every night, and skill every six or eight games or so. He was one of the most frustrating players on the team. All kinds of talent, with a great shot. But he usually played with his head in the clouds and showed us nothing on a nightly basis, except of course when he’d give us one of those rare moments when he looked like the second coming of Valeri Kharlamov.
Now he takes his act to Nashville where he’ll probably be fine for awhile and then settle in and show why he was cut loose. He’s an enigma who only helped his struggling team on occasion and is one of the big reasons Montreal became such a bust this season.
Scott Gomez said recently that Andrei Kostitysn was the most well-liked player on the team. That’s fine for the dressing room and team dinners and pops in the hotel pub. But on the ice he didn’t get the job done and on far too many nights you had to look long and hard to see if he was actually playing.
Yes, I’ll take a 2nd round pick for this guy. It isn’t a lot for a 3 million plus guy who was supposed to be a deadly sniper, but he wasn’t a deadly sniper. He wasn’t much of anything. And so a 2nd rounder it is.
I just hope there’s more to come.