Seems like the dream is over for Sergei Kostitsysn. If it was a dream. Maybe he doesn’t want to be a Montreal Canadien anyway.
Sergei was in the lineup for game two and Benoit Pouliot sat, and there had to be some method to Jacques Martin’s madness. Did Martin think that after being in the doghouse for so long, Sergei would come out and set the world on fire?
Did Martin use Sergei as a pawn, to give Pouliot a night off as a wake up call, to tell Pouliot by this action that he’d better pick it up a notch or he’d be back in civvies?
Did Martin hope that Andrei Kostitsyn would play better with kid brother suiting up again?
Whatever the reason, Sergei didn’t do a thing in game two, although he sat on the bench for most of it. Hell, Pouliot could have sat on the bench too. That’s why I believe it was all a ploy of some sort.
Maybe this kid brother was rusty after not playing in a week or two, Or has he just lost all desire to play for this team and it shows in spades on the ice? He’s got a ton of talent. It was there for all to see when he was a junior with the London Knights (40 goals, 91 assists in his final year there), and he was a more-than-promising young buck in his first couple of seasons with the big club.
But something has happened. Does his life away from the rink leaves something to be desired? Does he have too many undesirable friends, too many ladies who want to check for tattoos all over his body, too much money for an immature kid? And I know some fans have complained that Jacques Martin has used him wrong, kept him on a short leash, which may have completely ruined his spirit. Maybe he’s an overly-sensitive guy.
The fact remains, Sergei Kostitsyn no longer helps this team and most certainly will be dealt as soon as possible. And for me, as sad as it is for the young fellow, it’s even sadder for the team. If he had played better in the regular season, the Canadiens would have ended with more points than Philadelphia and gained home-ice advantage in the playoffs. They only needed one more point. And maybe if he was firing on all cylinders, the Habs might have scored a goal or two by now in this series.
He could have been an important young star of the Montreal Canadiens. Now he’s barely a Montreal Canadien.