In an attempt to pick up some additional scoring, the Nashville Predators picked up Andrei Kostitsyn from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for their 2013 second round pick as well as the conditional fifth round pick that the Preds picked up in the Hal Gill trade.
The Predators have been looking to add additional scoring and there was little in the market available so it is a real gamble to re-unite brothers Andrei and Sergei who both had issues with the coaching staff and the media in Montreal.
To his credit, Sergei has been a model citizen in Nashville and has played up to his expected potential for the past 14 months. The Predators feel that they can work the same magic with Andrei who has 12 goals and 12 assists for a poor Habs team this season.
Andrei had his best season in his first full year in Montreal in 2007-08 when he scored 26 goals and added 27 assists in 78 games. In his career he has 99 goals and 111 assists in 379 games. He was a first round pick (10th overall) for Montreal in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
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NASHVILLE PREDATORS ACQUIRE ANDREI KOSTITSYN FROM MONTREAL
-Send 2013 second rounder and conditional pick to the Canadiens in the second trade between the clubs in a 10-day span -
Nashville, Tenn. (February 27, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired forward Andrei Kostitsyn from Montreal in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft, in addition to the conditional 2013 fifth-round pick Nashville acquired from Montreal along with Hal Gill in a trade 10 days ago. Kostitsyn is expected to meet the team for its game in Carolina tomorrow.
Kostitsyn, 27 (2/3/85), has 24 points (12g-12a) in 53 games for the Canadiens in 2011-12. The brother of current Predators forward Sergei Kostitsyn has suited up for 379 NHL games since the start of the 2005-06 campaign – all with the Habs – amassing 99 goals and 210 points. He is a three-time 20-goal scorer, notching career highs in both goals (26) and points (53) during the 2007-08 campaign. The 6-0, 205-pound right wing has also helped Montreal advance to the postseason the past four years, amassing 19 points (11g-9a) in 41 career playoff games.
The Novopolotsk, Belarus, native was drafted 10th overall (first round) by Montreal in the 2003 Entry Draft held at Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators look to finish off their final extended homestand of the season on a high note when the L.A. Kings make a stop in Smashville tonight (7 p.m., FS-TN, 102.5 The Game, Dollar Dog Night). The Predators then hit the road for the rest of the week, making stops in Carolina on Tuesday (6 p.m., FS-TN, 102.5 The Game) and Florida on Saturday (6:30 p.m., FS-TN, 102.5 The Game), while the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament takes over Bridgestone Arena. Limited tickets are available for remaining Nashville Predators home games; to purchase, visit nashvillepredators.com, ticketmaster.com or call 615-770-PUCK (7825).
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