The Kostitsyn era in Montreal has officially come full circle as the second half of the Belorussian brothers was dealt earlier today in the first major deal of the NHL trade deadline. While the destination isn’t officially nicknamed the “City of Brotherly Love” Andrei Kostitsyn was dealt to the team which acquired his brother, Sergei, back in 2010.
That team of course are the Nashville Predators who sent a second round pick along with the fifth round pick which they received with Hall Gill last week to acquire the 27-year-old winger.
The obvious reason this trade happened is due to Kostitsyn’s upcoming free agency and quite possibly his attitude to the amount of playing time he was receiving in the last few weeks. Perhaps the departure of his younger brother finally caught up to him or possibly the Montreal media circus painted him in a way he did not approve.
Whatever the reason his production hasn’t significantly dropped as he has 12 times the goals as a certain Scott Gomez does for a year’s worth of hockey. He is one goal shy of 100 in 379 career games and perhaps under Barry Trotz can find a rhythm much like his brother did last season.