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Nashville Aquires Sergei Kostitsyn From Montreal

The Nashville Predators have traded goaltender Dan Ellis and center Dustin Boyd to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for winger Sergei Kostitsyn. 23-year-old Kostitsyn played 47 games in the 2009-10 season with the Habs and posted 18 points with 7 goals and 11 assists.  Overall, Kostitsyn has accumulated 68 points (24 goals-44 assists), during his 3 seasons in the NHL. Kostitsyn suited up for the Habs in each of their last 3 playoff appearances and put up 8 points (3 goals and 5 assists) in the 2007-08 post-season games. A native of Novopolotsk, Belarus, Kostitsyn also represented his country at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, leading the Belarusians in points with 2 goals and 3 assists.

Kostitsyn’s 3 year run with the Habs was far from smooth. When the winger was sent down to the Hamilton Bulldogs, an AHL league, Kostitsyn was very displeased and demanded to be traded. He reportedly had verbal exchanges with fellow teammates and at other times chose to not pay attention to coaches during practices and was benched.  Maybe all of his acting out is a plea for attention to be taken out of his older brother’s shadow, Andrei Kostitsyn, who has played with the Habs since 2005. Sergei has the raw talent and the potential to play in a scoring line. Can Nashville help Kostitsyn unleash his potential and help him find his niche? Predators GM David Poile said,

This is a trade that if it all works out and is a good fit, this can be a big upside for us. Having said that, I want to talk to him (Kostitsyn) directly and talk to his agent to make sure this is a fit for the Predators and for him before we go forward on a contract discussion.”

Early predictions have Kostitsyn being a win-win. Why? Potential, potential, potential and no major Preds roster losses. Best wishes Kostitsyn.

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