The Canadiens have shipped Sergei Kostitsyn to the Nashville Predators for 24 year old forward Dustin Boyd and goalie Dan Ellis, 30, and in doing so rid themselves of an ongoing headache that a hundred bottle of aspirins wouldn’t cure.
It’s slightly bitterseet, though. Kostitsyn had plenty of natural talent, and in the beginning, hopes were high on the young Belarusian blossoming into a star. But too many things were off-beat aside from a lack of production. He had run-ins with coach Martin, was sent down a couple of times to Hamilton, had publicity asked for a trade, got into a brief argument with Carey Price after not being an eager participant in a practice, was told to stay home during a team playoff roadtrip, and only days ago criticized the team for trading Jaroslav Halak. And of course there was the infamous friendship with a Montreal criminal.
It’s best for Sergei and best for the Habs. It’s a year-round soap opera in Montreal with the hockey club, and lessening the soap opera in anyway at all is a beautiful and important thing. It’s like a dark cloud rising.
Hopefully Sergei plays well in Nashville and has a great and long career. It certainly wasn’t going to happen in Montreal.
With Dan Ellis adding to the goaltending situation, Montreal seems to be fine in nets. Of course…………………
I remember Dustin Boyd from the World Junior Championships in 2006 and he was a solid, impressive young forward who should look good in a Habs jersey.
I think this is a great deal for Montreal considering some fans wanted to trade Kostitsyn for three rolls of tape.