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Trotz on putting Kostitsyn back in Preds lineup: ‘Absolutely not’

Mar 19, 2013, 1:12 PM EST

Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz has confirmed reports that Sergei Kostitsyn will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday when the Preds take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

Confirmed it…adamantly.

“Absolutely not,” Trotz told The Tennessean when asked if Kostitsyn would be in the lineup on Tuesday. “That’s just accountability as a player to the coach, to the group that you have to be accountable.

“He wasn’t accountable there, so he’s not playing.”

Trotz, of course, is referring to the incident during Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Edmonton in which Kostitsyn went for a line change that led to Edmonton scoring on a 2-on-1.

In case you haven’t seen it yet:

Kostitsyn was apologetic and remorseful following the game:

“I made a mistake. I went to change, I should have backchecked, but didn’t see the second guy was coming there. Even if it was a one-on-one, I should go back, it doesn’t matter if I was tired. I should have gone back and pressured him from behind.”

Trotz, meanwhile, was flummoxed at what transpired:

“I can’t give you a logical explanation for an illogical event.”

Parking Kostitsyn in the press box is no small decision for an offensively-starved Nashville team.

He sits first on the team in plus-minus rating (+7), fourth on the team in assists, with nine, and led the team in scoring two years ago (with 50 points.)

  1. upyourstodd - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    JESUS that is tough to watch. Just completely gave up. Looking at the coaches on the bench right as he is changing is priceless. Bad Sergei.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      It reminds me of in Mites when they would blow the horn every two minutes and your whole team went for a line change at once. My word that’s lazy.

      • dolphincult - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        More like in peewee when the little turds have scored a few goals and think they are special so its someones elses job to check.

      • beergold - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        Kessel gets $5.5 mill a year for playing like that every single game. He’s never spent a second in the press box! He’s the Laffs Superstar!

  2. govtminion - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I’d heard about it for a couple of days now, but that’s the first time I’ve actually seen it. Totally speechless- even with his excuse there, what on earth would make you think NOW is the time to make a line change? Seriously.

  3. jjregan21 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    The same guy that missed curfew in the playoffs and was a healthy scratch when they lost to Phoenix… Nashville’s got themselves a real team player there

    • Mike Halford - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      That was his brother, Andrei, who was involved in the curfew thing with Alex Radulov.

      • upyourstodd - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Go figure.

      • yotesfan61 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        That whole family is accountable LMAO.

  4. erbaker67 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I love the fact that in this day and age there are still coaches that hold people accountable for their actions in and out of the game. Youll see in other sports where a guy will sit out a half or a quarter, to not dress the guy sends the message. Nice job Trotz.

  5. lsxphotog - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    “I can’t give you a logical explanation for an illogical event.” Coaching quote of the year! hahaha

    • missthemexpos - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Sounds like the coach is a Star Trek fan.

  6. puckmepuckyou - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Hartnell should be benched too. His minutes were limited that’s all. He put the Flyers in a bad spot with a stupid penalty and his benching caused a line disruption for the rest of a close game. Sit him.

    • govtminion - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      It’s not an article about the Flyers- pick somewhere else to throw your tantrum.

  7. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Kostitsyn is another multi-million a year player who has checked out and just waiting to go home when the playoffs start. Sad for the season ticket holders.

  8. kegmen7 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Not for nothing, and i’m not sticking up for Kostitsyn’s lazy and stupid decision, but the defenseman botched the 2-1 as well. In that situation, the D’s job is to take away the pass so the goaltender can just worry about the shooter and not have to play both the pass and the shot. The D ended up covering no one, so the goalie had to play the shooter and got caught coming across late. At the very least that is certainly a part of the reason why the Oilers were able to score and a poor play on his part.

    • JoeAvg - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      They (G & D) were probably stunned by the whole thing as well! I’ve watched this several times and I still don’t believe it.

  9. colonelfancy - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    What is happening with some of these Russian wingers not panning out? I remember when Nikolai Zherdev was drafted by the Jackets, he was expected to explode on the scene. Didn’t work. Alexander Semin was labeled as a guy who doesn’t work hard. Nikita Filatov (another Jackets pick) didn’t want to come here. The Radulov debacle last year and now this. Is there something I missed?

    • JoeAvg - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      It’s a different game and a different culture. Many can’t adjust. No surprise. Imagine yourself going over there to do your job and how different it would be.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:14 PM

        Hmmm! The guy has been in NA since 2004. You’d think that’s more than enough time needed to adjust. Many before and since him have adjusted, and some leaving their homeland at a younger age than he. So I don’t buy that argument. Assume you’re in Moscow working in your field of expertise, then the job doesn’t change. Sure there is a culture change, but Moscow is more westernized than you would expect.

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