AK46, Weber to sit

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Andrei Kostitsyn, who has gone nine games without scoring a goal, will be a healthy scratch tonight along with defenceman Yannick Weber.

Coach Jacques Martin said he wasn’t happy with Kostitsyn’s intensity but he said he hoped that benching Kostitsyn would send a message to some of the other players who haven’t been pulling their weight.

Backup goalie Alex Auld and defenceman Alexandre Picard were both cleared for action after missing practice Monday.



  1. Belhab says:

    For you it is one game. For AK it is a spit in his face.

    He will give up on this coach for sure now, dont expect him to produce.

    Should have not move him through the lines like that… That pissed him off, he lost his confidence…

    Know him in person.

    BTW, they call JM Dumbo, the whole team does… SK came up with it…

    P.S. Gomez will never be scratched. JM got him to this team. Worst move ever. 7 mil for poop.


  2. adam76 says:

    You watch him on the face offs – he is not ready for the NHL.

  3. Nina76 says:

    Everlasting1………….Another great post you know what you are talking about…………..I agree with you ………..TRADE/MOVE no scapegoats get on with it……JM. or can you make a sensible decision???????? PLAY YOUR GAME SUBBAN DON’T LET THEM TALK YOU OUT OF IT, YOU ARE YOUNG YET , DON’T LET THE COACH DESTROY YOUR CONFIDENCE!!!!!!!!!!GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. ed lopaz says:

    Ak will be happy to leave.

    When he was flying with Pleks and Cammy, he was taken off that line for no apparent reason.

    We speculated that it was to JUMP START Gomez for petes sake.

    Now that Gomez is going why not just put him back on that line and let them go for a few games.

    There is no reason.

    JM is a stubborn old mule.

    He has been fired by worse teams than the Habs, and he will be fired in short order here as well.

  5. yukonhab says:

    That’s a brilliant idea!!





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  6. punkster says:

    Sorry, just saw this post. OK, I would agree that management has to do something. Whether they are directly responsible for his shortcomings or not isn’t the issue. Up until now management has assumed, rightly or wrongly, that AK can do what they want him to do. Unfortunately he has been inconsistent in performing what they now need. So yes, it now becomes their decision. Hey, some players work out, some don’t. It’s not like AK was a Crosby or Ovi level player. Never will be.


  7. punkster says:

    Poor individual play.

    I,too, see his potential but one thing comes to mind; inconsistent effort. When he plays strong in the corners, goes to and crashes the net, backchecks and stays involved in our own end the guy is good, no question. He just doesn’t seem to want or have the ability to keep doing all those things.


  8. Everlasting1 says:

    That explains everything! Never mind..disregard my previous posts lol



    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  9. Kooch7800 says:

    ….well, Gomez probably deserved to sit but he is a vet and is our highest paid player. JM seems to treat veterans a little differently.

    AK46 hasn’t been that bad the last couple of games but he also hasn’t been that good either. I think he is being benched because Eller has earned a shot at the Top 6 for a game and putting AK on the bottom 6 lines doesn’t really make any sense.

    In the grand scheme of things it is one game. Nothing to really worry about.

  10. B says:

    You gave him a half million dollar raise, Kostitsyn’s salary and cap hit is $3.25M this season.

  11. Everlasting1 says:

    Btw, sitting a player making $3.75M/yr? Due to bad coaching? Bad managing? Poor individual play? You point the finger.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  12. Everlasting1 says:

    No, what would you recommend doing ABOUT AK? You make it sound he’s the only one in question. Management and coaching staff are responsible for his shortcomings as well. They drafted, assessed, developed/coached, re-signed him..they are equally responsible in building a winning team. It’s a two-way street between the organization and players. If the organization feels he’s not giving his all and not playing to his potential, it becomes their decision to trade/move him (unless he asks to leave). There should be no escapegoats in a TEAM.


     “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  13. punkster says:

    I think you go too far with the “JM guys” thing, In a sense they may be JM system guys and I have no porblem with that but I doubt it’s anything personal. This roster doesn’t have the scoring power to compete daily with a run and gun system. They have strong goaltending, reasonable defence, great penalty kill. They have a weak goal scoring ability and hence a weak power play.

    AK can score but he is not a superstar goal scorer. With this team he has to deliver more than just goals. He has to score some goals AND conform to the system JM has in place to deliver strong defence. He isn’t doing that yet and maybe he can;t and never will.


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