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2010 NHL Free Agency: Predators roll the dice with Sergei Kostitsyn

Jul 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

sergeikostit.jpgWhen the Kostitsyn brothers (sort of) burst onto the scene, Andrei was considered the better finisher/generally more talented of the two but Sergei was the “fast” one. Either way, it seemed like the two had a chance to be a solid sibling set for the Montreal Canadiens.

As you may know, things fell apart for both of them, but Sergei in particular struggled with the Habs. He bounced around the big squad and the AHL while rumors circulated and his attitude was in question. The Canadiens traded Sergei in exchange for negotiating rights to Dan Ellis recently, ending what had become an increasingly ugly relationship.

The Belarus product is flawed for sure – he’s not known for having much interest in defense and rarely does much away from the puck – but the Nashville Predators are taking a chance on Kostitsyn redeeming himself in a new environment. The team signed him to a one-year, $550K contract today. I think On the Forecheck’s Dirk Hoag assessment hits the nail on the head.

So the Preds sign Sergei Kostitsyn to a one-year deal… He’s the NHL equivalent of a $550K lottery ticket.

That sounds about right, although in NHL terms, that’s a fairly cheap ticket. It’s been a rocky few years for Sergei Kostitsyn, but you never know. The shifty winger could be this year’s Maxim Afinogenov.

(Then again, Afinogenov is still looking for a contract, so maybe he’s not the best role model to have.)

  1. Bill Carlson - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    He’ll do fine in Nashville just like the many other players in Montreal who had problems with that dufus bonehead coach/GM/now pretend assistant GM Bob Gainey, improved immensely as soon as they got out of his clutches. Mike Ribeiro of Dallas, Samsonov of Carolina, Ryder of Boston, Grabovski of Toronto, Latendresse of Minnesota. All had problems here with him.

  2. Razamanaz - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Bill you are so right!! Maybe if our so-called coach played him on an offensive line he would have done much better, instead he played him on a defensive line and was not allowed to do what he does best, take and keep the play in the other teams end. His other linemates did not think, plus could not play offensive. All the players you mentioned would have done much better for us if we only had kept Guy Carbonneau, but Carbonneau wanted to play Halak in the playoffs because of coarse he was much better, but Boob wanted his little buddy to play, so Guy was fired and we know how that decision turned out!!! Red light price played all 4 games and they were all laughers!!! Then Boob kept giving away our young players for old smuuf like players who can’t score and all these guys rock on other teams and Sergei will be just the same!!!

  3. Razamanaz - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    Our biggest problem is that JM does not know how to deal with younger players, look who he had in Ottawa, but could never do much with them. Boob Gainey was not much of a GM and neither is the new guy, not only with the Sergei trade but giving away Halak, after he has played so good the last 3 years. Halak has rocked, while red light has flopped!!!

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