The Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators have completed a second trade in nine days.
The Habs have sent Andrei Kostitsyn to Nashville for a 2nd round pick in 2013 and the cancellation of a conditional 5th round pick. The conditional picked was acquired from Montreal in the Hal Gill trade, last week.
In Kostitsyn, the Predators acquire an enigmatic winger with a good mix of size and skill. The Preds are hoping that being away from his younger brother Sergei motivates Andrei for the rest of the season.
The elder Kostitsyn was going through a rough patch in Montreal, as he has one point in his last 12 games, and has scored two goals in his last 28 games.
When Andrei uses his body, he’s a very effective hockey player. Although he has never been able to put it all together, Kostitsyn has still had, 26, 23 and 20 goal seasons.
When he’s on his game, Andrei has proved that he can play on a team’s top line. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen on a consistent basis.
So did the Habs get a fair return?
I think they did.
Andrei is a UFA at the end of the season, and despite his immense potential, it was obvious that his heart wasn’t in Montreal anymore (some question if it ever was).
The reality is that Andrei Kostitsyn and Rene Bourque are very similar (streaky) players, and having both on the roster isn’t a good idea. Bourque has four years left on his contract; so trading Kostitsyn was the obvious choice.
The Habs now have a first and two second round picks in 2012, and have a first and three second round picks for the 2013 draft.
With the NHL trade deadline a couple of hours away, the Habs do have a few more players they’d like to move. Chris Campoli, Travis Moen and Mathieu Darche have all been rumored to be on the move. With the Canadiens recent slide, it’s hard to imagine that anyone is untouchable.
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