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Sergei Kostitsyn says Preds were “too tough” on his brother and Radulov

May 17, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

Sergei Kostitsyn

After staying silent about the suspensions given to his brother and Alex Radulov, Sergei Kostitsyn has spoken publicly about the incident.

From Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov, here’s Kostitsyn discussing the situation to Belorussian news outlet Pressball:

“I think the management was too tough on Alexander and Andrei. The punishment for the incident could have been a monetary fine, [they] went too far with the disqualification in the midst of an important stage of the playoffs. We missed the guys in games three and four of the series.”

In light of this, it’ll be interesting to see what Nashville does with the Kostitsyns. There are those that figure Andrei isn’t worth the headache and the Preds would be wise to walk away.

But what about Sergei?

The 24-year-old has enjoyed the best success of his career in Nashville and finished this season with 43 points and 16:28 average TOI, a personal high (he also led the Preds in scoring in 2010-11.) The Kostitsyn-Erat-Fisher line was arguably Nashville’s best throughout this year.

Now, do keep in mind that Kostitsyn’s comments — while questionable — are hardly grounds for divorce. Players have said far worse about their organizations and managed to stick around. And hey, if worst comes to worst, he can always play the “lost in translation” card.

That said, there’s the added acrimony of the whole “you suspended my brother” thing, especially if Sergei thinks the suspension was too harsh.

Related: An interesting tidbit from the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson.

While some suggest that Alex Radulov’s party-boy antics off the ice will be forgotten at contract time and they’ll gladly let Andrei Kostitsyn walk as an unrestricted free-agent, one source says both guys have torched the bridge in Nashville. They figure Craig Smith can take AK47’s (sic) spot. They’ll trade Radulov’s rights. One interesting sidelight: Kostitsyn’s brother wasn’t out on the town with his brother because Martin Erat, Sergei’s linemate was keeping an eye on him.

Erat: Good linemate, better babysitter.

  1. rainyday56 - May 17, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    In the ’70s, the Montreal Canadiens had a two night stay in St Louis. Pete Mahovolich broke curfew by about three hours the first night and sure as shootin’ mother hen Bowman was waiting for him in the hotel lobby:”of course this means I have to fine you $400″ Bowman said to the happy lark Pete. “Sure thing coach,” Pete said while handing Bowman EIGHT $100 bills from his wallet. “There’s another $400 there for tomorrow night.”
    And that my friends are how cups are won.

  2. letsgopreds35 - May 17, 2012 at 3:22 PM


  3. vshehane - May 17, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    I don’t think Trotz would have been so tough on them if Radulov has been putting his full effort in during the games prior to the late night out. Trotz isn’t the type of coach who going to put up with much that poorly impacts the team. Team leadership was also involved in the decision to give them a game off and they agreed. Radulov is 47, AK is 46.

  4. letsgopreds35 - May 17, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    yes you’re right. “Andrei Kostitsyn46” and sk74( Sergei Kostitsyn 74) radulov is not ak47

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