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We have a trade to announce: Nashville corners the market on Kostitsyns

Feb 27, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

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The Predators continue to be a major player at the trade deadline.

Nashville made its second deal in as many weeks today, acquiring RW Andrei Kostitsyn from Montreal in exchange for a 2nd-round pick in 2013, along with the 5th-round (conditional) pick acquired in the Hal Gill trade.

Kostitsyn has 12G-12A-24PTS in 53 games this year, playing just over 15 minutes a night for the Habs.

Analysis:

– The move reunites Andrei with his brother Sergei, Nashville’s third-leading goalscorer this year (15). The two spent three years together in Montrea until Sergei was sent to the Predators in 2010 for Dan Ellis and Dustin Boyd.

– One of the Kostitsyn brothers’ most memorable moments in Montreal was when they were allegedly tied to a member of an organized crime group. Good times!

– Preds GM David Poile must have Habs GM Pierre Gauthier in his My 5 (or related cell phone promotion) as he’s now acquired two Canadiens in the span of 10 days. First Gill, then Kostitsyn.

– Andrei is in the final year of a deal that pays $3.25 million annually. He’ll be a UFA this summer, as will his Sergei (final year of his $2.5 million deal.)

– It’s unclear if the Kostitsyns will play on a line together in Nashville. Andrei’s a RW and Sergei’s a LW, but Sergei has been on a line with Mike Fisher and Martin Erat recently and they’ve been tearing it up, combining for 12 points over the last five games.

  1. govtminion - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    I like this deal… sort of. It’s all or nothing- either Kostitsyn plays up to his talent level, in which case Nashville got a steal, or he falls into the laziness that he seems to have suffered from at times in Montreal, and Nashville got stuffed here. I’ll be interested to see what happens here.

  2. bensawesomeness - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    i like it – plus you really show Weber and Suter than you want to make the moves to win deep in the playoffs.

    Seems like every few days the Preds get a little higher on the list of teams i wouldn’t wanna play in the opening round of the playoffs

  3. firstandonlywarning - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    You don’t live in Montreal without being involved with some sort of organized crime

  4. thegonz13 - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Like trading a dollar for four quarters.

  5. vshehane - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    We heard the same stuff about SK and it has worked out great. Maybe Trotzy’s system is good for them. We are happy in Nashville.

  6. rsl22 - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    This looks like a pretty good trade for the Preds. Poile is a great deadline guy.

    A second round pick in a draft two years away is nothing to give up for a roster player. Such a huge question mark with a mid-second round pick. I was pretty disappointed when the Caps traded a late first round pick to Chicago for Troy Brouwer, but he’s got 15 goals and 27 points and plays a tough game, while the Hawks have a 5’10 french-canadian with 12 goals playing in the Q.

    I’d take the pro over a second-rounder in two years any day.

  7. ikillchicken - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    So if LA is Philidelphia west, does this make Nashville Montreal south?

  8. drewsylvania - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Why was Kostitsyn worth a 2nd-round pick?

    • rsl22 - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Do you really see a 2013 second-round pick putting up 30+ points any time soon?

      IF the kid makes it to the NHL, wouldn’t be a productive player until at least 2015, probably more like 2017 when he’s 21-22 years old. But that’s a very big IF when you’re talking about mid-2nd rounders having an impact in the NHL.

      3 kids from 2010 2nd round have played in NHL, 11 from 2009, 16 from 2008. Of the 2008 class, 7 have played fewer than 20 games in the NHL.

      • govtminion - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        Very good point.

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