Canadiens sign AK46

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Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette

Andrei Kostitsyn, the team’s first-round draft choice in 2003, has signed a one-year deal with the club.

Kostitsyn will be paid $3.25 million, which is what he made last season in the final year of a three-year contract. He was due to become a Restricted Free Agent July 1.

The signing gives the Canadiens 11 players under contract for 2011-’12 for a total cap hit of $39.6 million. Pierre Gauthier has about $19.75 million in cap space.

AK46 will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.

Kostitsyn’s agent is Don Meehan, who also represents recent signing Alexei Yemelin and Andrei Markov, who will be an Unrestricted Free Agent if he is not signed by July 1.

Last month, Arpon Basu made a case for re-signing AK46.

Steven Hindle’s take

The team announcement:

Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier announced Thursday the signing of forward Andrei Kostitsyn for the 2011-12 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Andrei Kostitsyn is an important part of our group of forwards, and we are happy to have agreed to a contract extension with him. As a player drafted and developed by the Canadiens organization, Andrei ranks year after year amongst our point leaders,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.

In 2010-11, Kostitsyn, 26, ranked fourth on the team in scoring and third in goals, with 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists) in 81 regular season games. He served 36 penalty minutes while averaging 15:53 minutes of ice time per game. Kostitsyn ranked tied for first on the team with six game winning goals, first with 140 hits, third with five powerplay goals and fourth with 196 shots on goal. He added two goals in six playoff contests.

Born in Novopolotsk, Belarus, Kostitsyn will enter his seventh season in the Canadiens’ organization in the fall. The 6’0” and 213 lbs forward has recorded 186 points (87 goals and 99 assists), 155 penalty minutes and a +16 plus/minus ratio in 326 NHL career games, all with the Canadiens. He has registered 19 points (11 goals, 8 assists) in 41 playoff contests.

Kostitsyn was the Canadiens’ first round selection, 10th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a three-year contract with the Canadiens on July 2, 2008.

Maybe we’ll see more of this:

Or this:


243 Comments

  1. gerrybell says:

    i love markov but three major injuries in last 18 months have left this guy like glass.

    how about instead of giving markov 6 million a year like we are gonna, we make an offer on a RFA like shea weber or drew doughty? i think we can handle losing the picks.

    is this a good move or will this just anger certain GM’s who will then make offers on Price and Subban next year. discuss.

    g
    b

    • Why not the Wiz? Much cheaper, younger, arguably just as effective, not a ticking time bomb of injuries, help offset the pay raise Gorges is invariably going to get. Put the savings into a top 6 fwd.

  2. Clay says:

    Good news. He brings more to the team than many seem to realize…
    Now if we can just replace Gomez with a hockey player, we will be OK.
    Oh – and sign Markov as well. Even if it is an iffy situation with his knee, he’s worth the gamble.

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  3. mike3131 says:

    I was on capgeek and came up with a list of a couple teams that could afford Spacek’s contract for next year and also benefit from his veteran presence. Here are a couple of teams that we MIGHT be able to negotiate a trade with…

    Nashville – 5 D under contact, $18.5 M in cap space (take away at least $6 M for Weber). They have a young, solid defense corps and Spacek could be useful to mentor guys like Blum and Franson.

    LA – 5 D under contract, $11.5 M in cap space (take away $5+ M for Doughty). They have a solid offense but could stand to be better defensively in order to contend. A not-overplayed Spacek could be useful in a shutdown role alongside Scuderi/Mitchell.

    Colorado – 4 D under contract, $27.6 M in cap space. A young team, tons of cap space, could mentor Johnson and would be a decent replacement for Adam Foote as their veteran D.

    Minnesota – 8 D under contract (3 D with 2-way contracts), $6.9 M in cap space. They also have 11 forwards already under contract. Spacek would be a nice addition to a decent veteran D corps of Zidlicky, Zanon, Schultz, Barker and of course, Burns.

    Dallas – 5 D under contract, $20.7 M in cap space. With the departure of Brad Richards, they will likely go after a top-6 forward or 2. However, Spacek could complete their defense corps so they would be able to put more focus on going after forwards.

    I really hope we can move Spacek because I REALLY want us to keep Wiz AND Markov. But that would be impossible if Spacek isn’t moved. If we want to go somewhere next year, I believe we will need BOTH Wiz and Markov’s services. We’ll see what PG does…
    If Spacek does get traded, I wish him the best of luck and I hope he has a successful year wherever he goes! But again, that’s up to PG.

    ♪ And we’re livin’ here in Allentown… ♪ – Stu (Hangover 2)

    • Mr. Biter says:

      That would end all the discussions and both the Wiz and AM could stay. Let’s pray for it.

      Mr. Biter

    • ElMcFoldo says:

      What about Edmonton? Spacek was fairly well-liked there, the Oilers lack veteran leadership (especially on D) and they have the cap room to make it happen.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I love the way we’re trying to unload Spacek and Gomer on other teams. I think the rest of the league has access to our game tapes, I don’t know if they’ll bite.

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      • mike3131 says:

        True, Edmonton could be a good destination for Spacek for a year. The only problem is that they’re rebuilding and would likely want to hold on to their draft picks. I also forgot to mention St. Louis. Lots of cap space and a young, offensive blueline.

        ♪ And we’re livin’ here in Allentown… ♪ – Stu (Hangover 2)

    • Bill J says:

      Look at things from the other side of the coin. Why would anyone trade for Spacek, when they can say NO THANKS & wait for Wiz on July 1st ?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Would love to see that trade, I just can’t see a team acquiring him in the offseason for the contract he has. If all of us can see he is overpaid why wouldn’t other GM’s? I suspect until season starts and another team is forced due to injury to replenish the cupboard he is on our roster and taking up valuable capspace. I like Spacek, it is just not there anymore. Hopefully we make the best of it, use him in limited role and what he has left in the tank can be showpieced.

      Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

    • warriorhockey says:

      there is no way we can keep wiz, as much as we all would love it, his price tag is too high, even if we moved spacek, wiz would want a long contract worth like 5 mill a year we just cant deal with that

  4. Richrebellion says:

    I think Ak46 is worth this amount easily, yes he struggles with consistency but he was second on the team in even strength points only behind pleks. Plus Kostitsyn has never really gotten a fair shot at playing on the pp. Lets face it the guy has a gun of a shot but gets put in front of the net on the pp, yes montreal does need someone there but why not try and utilize his shot by playing him on the half boards? Kinda like kovalev played back in the day, they are very similar players and with increased pp time in a position that fits him his production would definitely rise.

  5. habstrinifan says:

    Who figured the MAVS will have beaten the Heat ..what is it 3 games in a row? Talk about big bucks not getting the job done.

    • Mr. Biter says:

      No they won 2 of 3 at home (lost game 4 by 2 points) and have to go to Miami for the last 2 games. But I’m with you Go Mavs Go. it’s just to bad Steve Nash left for Phonix a few years ago.

      Mr. Biter

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Yah if Cuban doesn’t screw up that contract situation with Nash, wow, that would have been great to watch. But go MAVS!

        Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

        • Mr. Biter says:

          Yaeh, I used to watch the Mavs all the time back then. Nash would either jack it up or if double teamed dish the rock to Dirk open for a jump shot or dunk. Was fun to watch. Just needed one big body in the middle and they would have been a dominate team and won a couple of NBA Championships.

          Mr. Biter

  6. habstrinifan says:

    Mike Boone

    June 9, 2011 4:05 pm at 4:05 pm

    “He got that last year. Benny is gone.”

    Mike Boone
    Hockey Inside/Out blogger
    Gazette City columnist
    mboone@montrealgazette.com

    Very mater of fact statement Mike.. what are you hearing? And if he is gone I sure hope that it is in a package attractive enough to get us that big gritty reasonably productive intense forward or that big mean reasonably sound defenseman.

    Dont mind PG giving up on Pouliot but for a better return than he received for Max Lap so it has to be as part of a package in a fairly big deal.

    • Marcusman says:

      I can’t see why people are so quick to give up on Benoit #57. The man has talent, heart, skills and size. He is not afraid to fight and he has the goal scorer’s touch. He was certainly the coaches whipping boy last year, he had 13 goals last year and rating of +2 on a team that didn’t score much. Plus he and Desharnais had great chemistry together last year. Move Eller to the wing and you’ve got yourself a very hard working goal scoring third line.

  7. king ddd says:

    so i was wondering is there anyway we can get a.ladd,knopka and another big forward

    max-gomez-gio
    cam-pleks-big forward
    ak-eller-ladd
    moen-konopka-white

    solid line up, pretty good bottom6

    • deuce6 says:

      Andrew Ladd would be our best forward…I doubt he would kicking around on the 3rd line….

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      Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

      • Clay says:

        …and Gomez is our worst forward – I doubt he would [be] kicking around on the 1st line….

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      • Andrew Ladd scored more than 17 goals for the first time in his career last year, he would be unlikely to bump Kostitsyn down a line, and likely be our 6th or 7th best forward depending on Gomez rebounding or not.

  8. daytona hab says:

    Glad they got AK. I watch every game and one of the great pleasures we get as fans is watching a beautiful skater and he is one. I think the reason he doesn’t try a little harder is there’s too many guys ahead of him making more money . He plays well enough to earn his salary. I don’t know what the answere is to that. Give it all every game AK. Get 50 and get 6,000,000 next year.

  9. punkster says:

    AK signed = good. He’s solid, talented and a 2nd or 3rd liner just about anywhere. And I get a giggle the way guys bounce off him when he gets hit.

    Now please sign Markov and end all this Wiz talk. Love the Wiz but he’ll get offered way more than he’s worth elsewhere. Follow the money baby.

    Pouliot, Pyatt, White DD…whatever. Interchangeable pieces that may be worth something to someone but are not critical to us.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  10. Everlasting1 says:

    Mavs with the stranglehold..

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    • BJ says:

      Everlasting. I noticed your quotes below your comments. Check out a book called “Slave Species of god” by Michael Tellinger. Should be available on Ebay.

      • Everlasting1 says:

        Thanks, looks like a good read..and borrows from Zecharia Sitchin’s books/studies.

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  11. Mr. Biter says:

    Wiz vs. AM
    Wiz positives:
    5 th in league in D-man scoring. (points gone up every year)
    younger
    Bullet shot
    stronger
    tougher (will throw-em and does it well) and this highly needed by the Habs
    Way more physical in front of our net
    Meaner ( see hit vs. Broons and droped them and the Broon just after taking off his facial shield)
    has gone through Knee surgury and you know what you get.
    Teams up well with PK on the PP.
    AM negatives:
    Injury prone (last 2 years)
    Was noticable slower during his brief play this past season
    We have no idea what we will get. The old AM or what could be a much slower than last year AM
    Do we risk a 3 or 4 year at $5M to a D-man who could return to form (and be a very good player) or be a shadow of his former self. No one will know till Oct. but I would go with Wiz for the above reasons.

    Mr. Biter

    • bwoar says:

      Where are the positives for AM and the negatives for Wiz?

    • habstrinifan says:

      Very biased post. You totally glossed over Wiz’s defensive liabilities and ignored Markov’s overall skill and soundness.

      Admitto yourself that you like Wiz. Then put that aside and put on an objectively impartial GM’s hat with only one aim.. to best serve the Habs.

      So Markov healthy and Wiz healthy. Whom would you choose considering the makeup of the defense.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Love a lively debate. All 3 of you made good points. answer to first post All of Wiz’s positives are AM’s negatives and visa versa. 2nd post i would like to have both in a heartbeat but probbaly won’t happen. Now to above post,Wiz’e defensive liabilities are not as bad as you say. Career wise Wiz is a plus 5 for his career (plus 4 with the Habs last year ,-18 with the Islanders who were terrible. AM’s career is a plus 31 and he never had to play in Long Island so get your facts right Wiz’s defemsive liabilities are overstated . 3 years ago AM in a heartbeat but now after playing 52 games in 2 years, much slower in a brief showing last year and not knowing what we will get i would take Wiz. I do believe AM is a bettter playmaker, but overall the Wiz in my opinion is a better choice (see above post for reasons). This was with the GM’s cap on as hockey is a business and I don’t believe the AM who steps on the ice next year will have little resemblence to the AM of 3 years ago.
        Just being realistic. 3 years ago to now is a lifetime in hockey.

        Mr. Biter

    • RobertAlanFord says:

      The cap went up this year and Hamrlik is probably not going to be re-signed. The money was there last year for him so its there for Wiz this year. It all depends on Wiz himself if he wants to stay in Montreal or go somewhere sunny. If Markov goes down again (knock on wood) or is performing below par because he’s been out of the game for the better part of two seasons, then someone will have to pick up the offensive play on the blue line. PK cant do it all on his own and (before anyone starts) Yemelin is not that guy.

      If Markov goes down again its game over for him. Sorry but its true. We need the backup/insurance on D. You cant send out a pp with Gill, Gorges, Subban, Weber, Spacek and Yemelin (maybe) and expect great things. For a few seasons we ere all complaining that there was no longer a big shot on the point. Two years ago that was Bergeron but was a liability on D. Now we have it which we got for a steal and PG is gonna let it walk away? He should be doing everything he can to keep the Wiz in MTL.

      My offer: 4.75 for 4

      Edit: Thats 750k less than Hamrlik and there’s a cap raise! Get it Done!!!

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Good post. AM is one hit from retirement (which i didn’t post) and lets hope Wiz does decide to stay, if PG gives him a decent contract. With him we get youth,toughness hard shot, mean streak which AM cannot give us.

        Mr. Biter

  12. Hobie Hansen says:

    Trying to steer away from my usual Habs need to get bigger and tougher routine – I do think that without changing anything from last season except having a healthy roster; the Habs can make the playoffs without issue in 2011/12.

    If history repeats itself, the majority of clubs don’t really start turning it on until February. We might be, here it comes, a little on the timid side, but we usually have a strong power play and have a knack for scoring timely goals. So before the war known as the playoffs begins, we should have enough of point cushion over the fringe teams to make it in.

    If Eller, Pacioretty and Kostitsyn have career years and Cammalleri, Gionta and Plekanec score to their potential, we should vastly improve our even strength play.

    If the defence comes together as most seem to think it will, Markov and Subban will be leading the offensive charge while Gorges and Gill shut down the other teams’ stars. That’s pretty solid without a doubt. If Gauthier could bring in another rock of a defenseman to play with Yemelin and delete Spacek from the line up, we could really be in business.

    Price is Price. He still hasn’t reached his peak yet.

    After saying all of that, there are many teams out there with the same arsenal but only bigger, stronger and meaner. I’m really trying to see around that point but I think Montreal is going to have difficulty getting through four rounds of hockey against physical teams like Philadelphia, Boston and even Pittsburgh. They may have to face all three of those teams in that order just to make it to the finals to face a San Jose, Anaheim or Vancouver.

    Hockey is a game full of surprises and sometimes players come out of nowhere to completely spark a team and change the tide. But right now it certainly looks like a large part of competing for the Stanley Cup is getting involved in a major game of smash up derby and we don’t have the muscle for it.

  13. jabber39 says:

    Does anyone know where i can find the “Shoot from Redline” interview?

    Knowing is Half the Battle…

  14. jabber39 says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    Nancy Kerrigan: WHY! WHY! (sobbing and crying)

    Knowing is Half the Battle…

  15. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Analysis, you used “before you do” so clearly not a big habs fan.

    1) why are you posting on this website
    2) Ak is great value, for his production/physical contribution, defensive play

  16. HabinBurlington says:

    Every 40 years an ape gets a sentence out, too bad your so worried about the habs still!

    Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  17. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Great stuff, 1 year to assess his salary for the next contract.

    Now lets see what happens on D.

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  18. markd9 says:

    Hopefully him and Lars can rekindle that chemistry they had towards the end of the season.

    • Mike D says:

      Yeah, those two and Moen worked really well for a little while there. Actually AK46/Eller/ and any one of DD, Darche, Moen, Weber, or maybe even White or Poolio (if we keep him) could have great potential for a 3rd line depending on what you’re going for.

      – Honestly yours

  19. markd9 says:

    Can you be a bit more creative and less bigoted in your insults please.

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      During the olympics it was clear Luongo was canada’s weaklink… so not exactly surprised.

      Im hoping he bounced back to at least play well. Bruins win cup and summer and next year will be longggggggggggggggggggggggg

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Thing about Luongo, he was anointed a great goalie while playing for Florida who never played a meaningful game. Guy has skill but really have to wonder about his mental strength.

      Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  20. 24 Cups says:

    Would the Habs try and trade up to grab Sean Couturier?

    I doubt there’s any need to deal with Edmonton, but maybe they could try with one of the other teams that picks 3rd-6th.

    Arpon Basu weighs in on the subject.

    http://montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110609/mtl_habshub_habit_110608/20110609/?hub=MontrealSports

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      They’d want Patches or Subban on the table most likely and that’s just to get them to not hang up the phone. I don’t think a move into the lottery area is viable and if we’re going for a guy that high I like Huberdeau over Couturier.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
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      • slamtherimtim says:

        if patches , price and subban are off the table , you think we could still do the deal

        • Mike D says:

          No. They’d get better offers from other teams than what we could offer if those 3 were off the table. Unless we packaged talented youth (DD, Eller, Weber) plus numerous high-end picks and/or prospects. In this case, it’s probably not worth it.

          – Honestly yours

      • Taking Huberdeau over Couturier would be folly. Couturier dominated the CHL in all 3 zones like no player has this year, while Huberdeau benefited from a massively stacked team. Not even close between them.

    • Mike D says:

      Regarding Tambellini’s comments about the 1st overall pick being available:
      I’m sure it’s nothing more than a dangling tactic to see if any GM’s are willing to bite and overpay. The only way EDM makes that move is if they get A LOT more in return than what the 1st overall is worth.

      I do think the Habs should do something to move up in the draft though if they have assets they are not plannig to re-sign. For example, if PG knows he’s not going to Keep Wiz, then why not trade his rights and our 1st overall pick to a team who’s picking somewhere in the 12 – 15 range. Either that, or the same idea but try to unload some salary instead of getting a better draft pick.

      If anything along those lines is doable, it’s far better than just letting him walk for nothing. Hell, even if it’s just a 7th rounder it better than nothing.

      – Honestly yours

    • scrowe21 says:

      I wonder what it would take to get Ottawa’s 6th overall pick. Im assuming thats where Couturier will be going in the draft. The rights to Pouliot,DD,Weber,Wiz + 17th over all 1st round pick..?

      Pouliot and Wiz are likely gone anyway. DD doesn’t fit in long term.. not giving up a whole lot.

    • Bill J says:

      Well IF Kristo is truly a Oilers fan. Package him w/ AK46 & the rights to Wiz & Habs 1st rounders in 2011 & 2012… For the #1 overall pick this year. Draft Huberdeau.

      • scrowe21 says:

        No way EDM takes that deal. RNH has beensaid to have the vision of Gretzky. They’re rebuilding and want him to center Hall. Nugent Hopkins is ahead of the pack and going 1st imo. Kristo is unproven and coming off a bad year. AK and Wiz will both be UFAs after the seasons over. Habs 1st in 2011 2012 doesn’t make up for all of the above.

        And on the MTL side of things, I wouldn’t want them to do that either. They can get a good player at 17th this year, and next years draft is looking good. I also want them to keep AK. Wiz is likely gone though.

    • issie74 says:

      Yes … really 24 … make a deal with Brian Murray … guy’s a shark.

      NorthTOHab

  21. Mike D says:

    Happy to have some meaningful Habs news and also pretty happy with the signing. It’s exactly what I, along with the majority of you, expected. I just hope he can play at the higher level he’s capable of on a more consistent basis this year.

    The only surprising thing about it is that it came this early in the summer (usually UFA’s are given priority over RFA’s, especially in a case like AK’s where there is no increase in salary or term warranted and it’s an “easy deal”). I thought Markov would have been the first FA we re-sign, but Gill came first and now AK.

    Welcome back AK46! Now BRING it!

    – Honestly yours

  22. Aybara says:

    To the guy who called Andrei a third liner…
    Kostitsyn placed 134th in the league in pts
    3 people per 1st line in a 30 team league is 90 players. Therefore the range of second line players is 90-180.. This also doesn’t take into account defensemen who score as much as 1st and 2nd line point getters.
    There are obviously intangibles to this, but in a straight-up pick based on points, Andrei would be in the middle of the pack of the second line point group.

  23. issie74 says:

    Nah … Half of the season he’s on the ice but not in the game.

    NorthTOHab

    • scrowe21 says:

      He improved his defensive game a lot this year. AK was better without the puck then some of the other overpaid forwards.. ( Cammy, Gomez ) .. Also lead the team in hits..

      • Mike D says:

        In all fairness, Cammy improved his defensive game this year too. I even saw him on the PK a few times!

        I think the team’s plan, or maybe just JM’s, is to make all of the core players defensively responsible.

        – Honestly yours

  24. bolder says:

    AK has all the tools to be 30 goal scorer. He may one day produce the way everyone expects him to, but it will not happen playing in the JM system.

    • scrowe21 says:

      Consider the fact that we was juggled through different lines all year, spent a long period with Gomez when Gomez was playing his worst hockey…and AK still got 20 goals. Think about how many times he hit the post, and barely missed an open net..coulda put up 30 this year to be honest.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        If hitting the post, just missing the net were a stat. we would have lead the league in scoring. AS someone else posted AK’s either real good or real bad depending on the game. Never know whick AK is going to show up.

        Mr. Biter

  25. scrowe21 says:

    Awesome! If they keep him with Pleks and Cammy he will put up 25 – 30 goals. I like it. I don’t understand the hate he gets.. All snipers go through streaks. Juggling him on different lines didn’t help last year. Now PG should be able to sign a decent 3rd liner to play with Eller from UFAs. Or maybe they’ll give Pouliot one more year too..

  26. Flabadagub says:

    Sign Wiz.

  27. EricInStL says:

    Does AK know his agent signed him for one more frustrating season in Montreal of changing lines and going from 1st to 2nd to 3rd to 4th line ?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      And we wonder why he is inconsistent. Maybe JM can keep him on one line for 2 months and see what his numbers look like!

      Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  28. JD_ says:

    Well, I’ve still got 24 hours before my completely baseless prediction Marky would be signed this week turns out to be incorrect.

    And if there’s one thang I don’t do, it’s the whole incorrect scene, man. Just not what I’m into.

    Except, of course, when I’m wrong.

  29. tatoo says:

    Hi guys….
    New york rangers have just annonced that thay will buy out WOJTEK WOLSKI . he is 6.3 and 215 pound ,big body’ he plays both C/left W .HE makes 4 million. 2009/10 season he scored 67 point. habs GM SHOULD consider signing him ,he is 25 yeasr old and could be easyly become your number 2 center man. offer 2 million $ and sign him for 1 or 2 years and give him chance to bounce back. by the way send gomez to hamilton and free up 7.5 million$ cap salary….

    • mike3131 says:

      ” BREAKING: Rangers to Buy Out Chris Drury, NOT Wojtek Wolski (UPDATED) ”

      According to Larry Brooks of the NY Post.

      ♪ And we’re livin’ here in Allentown… ♪ – Stu (Hangover 2)

      • Mike D says:

        Earlier today I read that both were going to be bought out by the Rags. Drury’s contract was hard to move, but I thought they’d be able to move Wolski since his stats/salary are decent. Even if it was just for a so-so pick or prospect .

        No matter, I’m sure PG isn’t interested in either of them anyway…..which is fine by me.

        – Honestly yours

    • Based on what I’ve heard out of Phoenix and New York, Wolski is a terrible locker room guy. He’s apparently a real pain in the arse and is just a cancer. I don’t want that kind of a player, even if they’re good. Maybe some of the Habs’ veterans could straighten him out, but it’s not a risk I’d be willing to take with other, more important, players to sign.

  30. HalifaxHabs says:

    I have to nominate Andrew Berkshire for post of the day because I got a great laugh out of this part of his post regarding AK re-signing.

    “Glad to see Gauthier doesn’t listen to the mountains of idiotic fans screaming to get rid of Kostitsyn because he doesn’t score 30″

    something about visualizing mountains of screaming idiots still has me laughing 5 minutes after reading it.

  31. habstrinifan says:

    Good Job PG! You couldnt let him go just like that and he did not show consistently enough for a raise or more term. This means you can look at him for least 1/2 season and if he isnt ‘working out’ you can easily trade him.. money and terms are not prohibitive.

    It is also GREAT to see all these players apparently wanting to stay in Montreal I LOVE THAT and it must mean something re chemistry and goals that have been established in the room. Great signs.

    JM I am sure you have had something to do with it too. I do harangue here every now and then re your methods etc and AK46 may have been in your doghouse some.. but the fact he signed this quickly must mean that he respects you as a coach.

    Great Habs News. Next I want to hear Markov signed and Moen gone (just business Trevor) and some news re Pouliot… I am not sure what to do with him but PG I am beginning to trust you a whole darn lot.. except for that grit thing you have to come up with.

    GO HABS GO!!

    Who cares about the cup right now. We care about the habs.

    • VancouverHab says:

      Lose Moen? Why?

      • habstrinifan says:

        We need a tough younger bigger body there and if not let’s go with youth or someone meaner like Arnott.

        I really think player slike Pyatt Moen Halpern need to be set adrift .. so we can getthat nasty 4th line assembled and give our youth and prospects like Plaushaj a shot.

  32. G-Man says:

    Considering what Laich’s salary will be, AK46 is a bargain for a 20- 30 goal scorer with 140 hits. A better bargain at less than $3mill though.

  33. Keith says:

    You watch. He’ll have an awesome season, then sign somewhere else in 2012-13.

    • habsfan0 says:

      Now that AK is signed,package him and Spacek in a trade for draft choices,free up cap space,sign the Wiz.

      • DearyLeary says:

        We don’t need Wisniewski.

        • habsfan0 says:

          We don’t need AK. He’s had his chance(s). Nothing will change at this point. Time to move on.

          • DearyLeary says:

            Who’s going to replace his production? Wiz isn’t worth the price he’s going to command. Especially not when we’ll have Markov and PK available.

          • HalifaxHabs says:

            AK is a 200 pound+ winger who consistently puts up between 20 and 30 goals/yr… I don’t see the rush to move him, unless it’s a great deal.

        • LA Loyalist says:

          Yeah, we don’t need Wiz.

          IF Markov returns to all-star form.
          IF Yemelin/Emelin is another stud from Russia
          IF PK stays out of JM’s doghouse.
          IF Weber turns into Mark Streit…
          IF Gorges returns to strong form… and mainly

          IF NOBODY GETS BADLY HURT

          Where have you been the last few years? PP Qb’s don’t grow on trees (ask the Boston Bruins). We need as much depth on D as possible. There are too many variables while you can always find a 3rd or 4th line grinder, you can’t always find someone to run your powerplay with a good shot and respectable in their own end.

          I’d agree with you if I believed in Unicorns, Pixies, and Scott Gomez retiring before the season… otherwise, you are just so wrong.

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            We are facing the salary cap and in a year, three pieces of our youth core in Subban, Eller and Price must be extended. Like it or not, MTL must maintain cap flexibility since they are not in a prime position to Contend and therefore conserve some of it. MTL is now at about 40 million on 11 players for the 11-12 season, that means about 20 million left for the other 11 bodies, 23 million if the cap goes the way we want it to but that’s still tight.

            – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
            SF09 on Twitter

      • habstrinifan says:

        Step away from the WIZ habsfano. Listen to Deary Leary.. we do not need the WIZ. In fact signing the WIZ will adversely affect the defense pairings, especially with Yemelin in camp.

        • Sean Bonjovi says:

          I would keep Wiz, but as an upgrade on Weber as the 5th/6th D… even for $5 million

          * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

  34. byrneoNL says:

    I hate this signing, but it was a given really. They didn’t have much choice. He’d have been RFA. And unless a guy puts up one hell of a stinky year – and you have have a gaggle of other 20 goal scorers on your roster – you generally make the offer.

    On the plus side, AK popped in 20 goals, is prone to staying healthy, and typically wasn’t a defensive liability most of the time (really, I even saw him backcheck a number of times last season).

    On the minus side, well, AK’s prone to staying healthy for a reason. Dude has to mix it up more – God knows he’s bulky enough. He could use a bit more hustle. Maybe now that that shwarma place has closed down, he’ll drop a few pounds =p

  35. habsfan0 says:

    June 9,1993…18 years ago tonight..Habs capture their 24th…and last…Stanley Cup.

  36. slychard says:

    When Andrei shows up in the right frame of mind he’s a force to be feared. Yeah one year deal at the right price and right time. Perfect. Expect a good year from this man. EXCELLENT. I’m so excited for the next season. So what if the bruins win the cup this year. I just don’t care. The habs D is taking shape, younger, bigger, mobile, and the rest will fall into place and signing Andrei to a one year deal at this crucial time in his career is the right way to go. Yes I smell a cup.

  37. SeriousFan09 says:

    They signed the future 9-time Vezina winner James Reimer to a contract in TOR today, 1.8 million per year for 3 years. Remember when Gustavsson was hot **** a year ago? Good times.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

    • DearyLeary says:

      hahah… he really shone bright at the World Championships too.

      Actually, I’m pretty sure they were banking on Price coming over if the Canadiens lost in the first round.

      Thanks for putting the city first Pricey!

    • mike3131 says:

      Gustavsson’s not a Monster, he’s a Ghost – Pucks go right through him!

      ♪ And we’re livin’ here in Allentown… ♪ – Stu (Hangover 2)

    • HardHabits says:

      The future hall of famer soon to be the greatest goal tender ever? Brian Burke is a mastermind.

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      $1.8 million doesn’t seem all that bad to me. He’d be a little expensive as a backup, but still not the worst in the league. If he works with the right people every off-season he might even be a starter. If Burkie’s smart he’ll go after a guy like Ray Emery and Make Reimer fight for the starters job. Big “IF”!

      * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

  38. light_n_tasty says:

    Just sign Markov already. Good lord.

  39. mrhabby says:

    this is what most peeps were expecting me thinks…1 more year for ak. if he has a great year and scores 30goals he will be in line for a nice raise or he walks or we trade him.

    slow news day.

  40. cheezboie says:

    Okay signing – Has upside. One year contract good for motivation. If you let him walk he will look good on another team and make you regret it. Need to lock up Darche. Still not sure about Wiz (younger, less injury prone) vs. Markov (more talented) especially since Wiz (righty) might match up better with Gorges (lefty).

    My armchair GM 11/12 habs –
    rough salary guestimates in brackets = cap hit of 56.9 mill
    leaving 5.3 million for in season adjustments (cap ceiling rumored to be 62.2 million) or ufa – ?Konopka/Laich?

    Camm 6 – Pleks 5 – AK46 3.25
    MaxPac (2.5) – Gomez 7.357/ Desharnais (0.850) – Gio 5
    Darche (0.8) – Eller 1.27 – White (0.9)
    Moen 1.5 – Engqvist 0.900 – Weber (1) (and on PP a la Streit)
    Pyatt (0.6)

    First call up – Palushaj

    Markov (5) – Gorges (3)
    Gill 2.25 – Subban 0.875
    Yemelin 0.984 – Spacek 3.833
    Diaz 0.9

    first call up – Nash

    Price 2.75
    Auld (1)

    -0.5 Laraque buyout
    (would be better if could move Gomez and/or Spacek)

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com/2011/02/gomez-effect.html

    http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2010/11/24/1833979/disecting-the-gomez-connundrum#storyjump

    Gomez for captain of the Hamilton Bulldogs?

  41. savethepuck says:

    I have no problem at all with this signing. You can’t get a lot for 3.25 million in today’s NHL. I think he’s the power forward we need if he can just be more consistent, he’s obviously got all the tools. No raise means it’s not a ringing endorsement from the organization but they are giving him another year to prove himself.

    “That beautiful bastard scored semi-conscious.” On the Rocket’s Game 7 game winning goal against the Bruin’s April, 1952

  42. Habfan10912 says:

    Two thoughts. AK is much more productive as a 3rd liner so the 3+million might be a bit on the high side but I like the 1 year term.
    My other point about the 19+ mil of cap space remaining is we can add about 6 mil of Gomez contract if we make the right move and ship him to Hamilton

  43. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jarred Tinordi has been invited to the US WJC Training Camp.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

  44. New says:

    In a year of underachievement AK was reliable and came in right at expectations. Bashed all season by fans waiting for him to explode he none the less did exactly what he does. No slipping. No sliding.

    Good fella to have around.

  45. mike3131 says:

    Just a thought… maybe we can sign Jason Arnott for one year to play with Gomez and Gionta. A New Jersey Reunion! And move Pacioretty to play with Plecks and Cammy.
    Arnott brings size, experience (Stanley Cup), ability on faceoffs/defensively and can replace Gomez at centre on the 2nd line (so Gomez wouldn’t have as much defensive responsibility assuming he decides to have another -15 year).

    ♪ And we’re livin’ here in Allentown… ♪ – Stu (Hangover 2)

    • habstrinifan says:

      I would prefer Arnott to Moen. If all else fails I would like Arnott on the team.

      • mike3131 says:

        Moen has no business being in a top 6 in the AHL! He is a solid 4th liner/penalty killer.

        And our top 9 could be

        Max – Plecks – Cammy
        Gomez – Arnott – Gio
        AK – Eller – Joel Ward?/someone else

        JM would be able to roll these 3 lines pretty evenly.

        ♪ And we’re livin’ here in Allentown… ♪ – Stu (Hangover 2)

  46. Great signing, tells you Gauthier isn’t ignorant of how good Kostitsyn was this year, and Kostitsyn isn’t greedy. It’s not often you see a player in their prime take a discount to stay with a team, especially when they’re arbitration eligible. This move says a lot about where Gauthier is taking the team, and the character of Kostitsyn. Glad to see Gauthier doesn’t listen to the mountains of idiotic fans screaming to get rid of Kostitsyn because he doesn’t score 30.

    • RiverviewCanadien says:

      Good post Andrew, that is pretty much how I feel about it. The guy has one of the best shots/releases in the East, can lay big time hits.

      I guess myself and you both agree we like this signing, and we both are probably looking forward in watching him play another season with Eller. They were really starting to develop some chemistry.

      • I think you’re right in that he’ll play with Eller for a large portion of the season. Signing him to a deal like this should allowed the Canadiens to add depth at forward, although we probably won’t know who Gauthier has his eyes on until the papers are signed.

        I’m also wondering now if Pouliot will be retained. I have less confidence in him as a player, but the fact is he did score a lot at even strength this season with 4th line minutes. It might be worthwhile to bring him back if he comes cheap, even if he only scores 15 again.

        Cammalleri – Plekanec – ???
        Pacioretty – Gomez – Gionta
        Moen – Eller – Kostitsyn
        Pouliot – Desharnais – Darche
        White

        Not bad forward depth at all if they can sign a guy capable of around 50 points to play with Pleks.

        • obrien says:

          I really like the idea of Eller having a quality winger in Ak next year. My issue is that there is no one to compliment them on a line once MaxPac, Cammy and Gionta are playing with Gomez and Pleks.

          I would really like for Gauthier to get 2 wingers: a top 6 and a top 9, with some hands. Like Upshall for instance.

          We have the cap space for this, as long as one of the 2 wingers is a one year deal.

          Moen, Darche, White, Pyatt; I don’t want to see them with quality players like Eller and Ak. They just bring the whole line down. That would be depth!

          PS: I hope Pouliot is done in Montreal.

          • I’m also no Pouliot fan. Although what you’re looking for might be done without spending extra cash. What are your thoughts on bringing in a 4th line faceoff specialist, then moving DD into the spot Moen has occupied? I think it could work well.

          • HardHabits says:

            Realistically speaking if the Habs sign Darche all the Habs would need would be a line mate for the Plex-Cammy pair and a 4th line centre:

            Gio-Gomez-Pax
            Cammy-Plex-?????
            White-Eller-AK46
            Moen-?????-Darche

            What happens to Pouliot I don’t know. Darche and White are interchangeable so maybe add Pouliot to the 4th line by committee gang. But the 4th line needs a centre. HalifaxHab suggested Konopka.

            I am leaving DD and Pyatt out of contention, as those two need to be replaced IMO. DD because he’s redundant on a team with Gio and Cammy. Pyatt because he gets 1 point per 10 games.

            The Habs need to score a top 6 forward via free agency and if one of the kids can move up they’d have to earn it or replace an injury.

          • obrien says:

            Andrew: if DD can pull it off playing wing, I am loving the idea!

            Never thought about it.

            I would also like to see a DD/MaxPac connection. When we move Gomez salary next year (it has to happen, so let’s hope he has a decent season 2011-12), a MaxPac/Eller/DD line sounds quite interesting.

          • Sean Bonjovi says:

            I won’t give up on Tom Pyatt until I understand how he scored 35 points in 41 AHL games in 2009-2010.

            * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        I think White still has to play his way onto the Third line, and by that I mean prove he be 25-to-35-point-guy in the NHL. I’d like to see a strong defensive player on the third line with Eller & Andrei, but that guy needs to score a few points too. (like Max Lapierre did that one year). I see White as a guy like that, but we’re already rollin’ the dice on Max Pacioretty, so I’d like to see White spend a year on the fourth line

        * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

    • RiverviewCanadien says:

      double post

    • _Habsoloutly_ says:

      I agree with your post Andrew, but what do you make of the one year deal? Would’t AK and his agent want a multi-year deal? and what if AK has 30 goal campaign this season, won’t he want more money?

      • Of course he’ll want more money, but he wasn’t going to take a multi-year deal without a raise. My guess is that Gauthier plans on moving Gomez next year, so at that point he can afford to give raises even with Subban and Price up for contract. And don’t forget Spacek comes off the books next season.

        • _Habsoloutly_ says:

          Oh ya, I forgot about Spacek. I think Montreal will be in a really good position when Spacek and Gomez’s contracts are off the books.

          • almost $12M off the books for 2 players.

          • DearyLeary says:

            Also comes at a time when the youth core of PK, Patches, and Price get a couple of seasons under their belts. Add some veteran presence (that produce more than Gomer) and I’m really liking what we might be able to build, and hopefully sustain.

        • obrien says:

          I would think AK would have taken a discount for a long term contract: it removes all the risk of having a bad season and heading to UFA status… well in the same situation as Higgins last year…

          I doubt that Gauthier was willing to take that risk, but I sure would have.

          I just hope AndreiK is like Andrei Markov and loves playing in Montreal, else he will be gone like Ryder.

          • Not many players are willing to take heavy discounts on their long term contracts in their prime. Kostitsyn is now in that 25-32 range where he’ll earn most of his career earnings as an NHL player.

    • savethepuck says:

      You are bang on.

      “That beautiful bastard scored semi-conscious.” On the Rocket’s Game 7 game winning goal against the Bruin’s April, 1952

    • G-Man says:

      $3.25mil is not a discount. He is worth about $100K per goal. 202 reg season points the last 4 seasons. He is a high end 3rd liner and that’s good enough. Would have been better for about $2.75 mil to $3 though.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Great minds think alike. I concur Sir!

  47. PeterD says:

    I am happy with this signing for one year. Obviously AK wantts to stay in North America rather than jump to the KHL. I think he could have made more money in Russia, but maybe he is motivated to play here.
    This gives Pierre one more year to get the higher up side we think AK has in him and tghat he tantalizingly and frustratingly shows us form time to time.
    I hope all the best for him as his success is the Habs success.

    Of course now that he is signed, we will have to look at moving him as the trade deadline approaches this season as he could walk away for nothing next July 1.

  48. 24 Cups says:

    This signing makes sense.

    One more kick at the can, Andrei!

  49. mike3131 says:

    Good signing. I’m glad we didn’t give him a raise. I just hope he can be more consistent in the goal department instead of going on 5 game streaks. I think he would be best suitable for the third line playing with Eller and someone else (from the FA market). There seemed to be chemistry between him and Eller when they played together. I still hope we can get a guy like Brooks Laich to play on the 1st line and a bruiser or 2 to play with Moen on the 4th line.

    ♪ And we’re livin’ here in Allentown… ♪ – Stu (Hangover 2)

  50. Stuck_in_To. says:

    I am satisfied and let the chips fall where they may. Good luck to AK in the upcoming season.

  51. twocents says:

    Good, I’m happy with it.

  52. Hobie Hansen says:

    I sure hope I’m wrong in my analysis but if things don’t change before the start of the season the Habs will have a tough time making it out of the 1st round or even to the playoffs.

    Some people are of the belief that if we improve our scoring that things will magically change next season. They think that if we basically ice the same lineup plus a new 20-30 goal scorer that we will get over the hump.

    I’m willing to be patient and I don’t mind waiting a few more seasons for young players to develop but people better understand that nothing will change next season without a couple big trades.

    Gomez-Gionta-Cammalleri-Kostitsyn-Pacioretty-Plekanec isn’t going to get the job done. Pacioretty is a beauty and Cammalleri is sweet to watch but that mix, besides Pacioretty has next to no physicality.

    I really don’t think they have what it take to stand in front of the net during four long playoff rounds with guys like Chara, Pronger, Orpik and a dozen or so others giving them the lumber.

    Until Montreal adds a few guys like a Malone, Lucic, Downie, Kessler, Horton or Clowe to play that role and complement guys like Plekanec and Gionta, we will be beat up and run down.

    And on the other side of things we don’t have one defender that will consistently give the business to players standing in front of Carey Price.

    I love the work ethic on our club but when you are overpowered in every physical aspect of the game by the end of the pre-season, regular season and then the playoffs, we’ll be missing players due to injury and also won’t be able to get to the tough areas to score goals.

    Keeping my fingers crossed that Gauthier has something up his sleeve at the draft or otherwise we will just have to be patient until contacts expire, trades are made and young players mature.

    • habmanj says:

      Wow. Only 11 players signed and we’re already out with the doom and gloom predictions. Way to stay positive.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Andrei Kostitsyn threw 140 hits this season, which is more than touted power forwards in the league Chris Stewart or Nathan Horton.

      Gomez not having the worst year of his career, Cammalleri scoring at least 25 (fully capable of that), Pacioretty being healthy will be scoring contributions to the team as at the very least, Gomez being able to make plays will create opportunities. Markov, Gorges being healthy for a year will create more 5-on-5 time because the team will struggle in their own end far less as well, reducing 5-on-5 GA while creating more opportunities in a transition game.

      as for Ds to protect the net, we’ll see what Yemelin does for us.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • Habitoban says:

        And Benoit Pouliot threw 110 hits this season, but I guess they were the soft kind …

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        I knew someone would say that Kostitsyn led the team in hits! I actually like the guy and I’m happy he is a Hab. But be serious.

        During my hockey pool this season we had a hits category so I watched some of my players pound people all over the ice for 60mins and be credited with one hit. That “hit” stat is garbage.

        If you think that Kostitsyn is more of a physical player than Horton or Stewart well…I dunno.

        And I’m quite aware who’s coming back and what they bring to the table but it simply isn’t enough and we’ll be over matched as usual.

        Maybe we can blow some teams out of the barn with a strong PP but sooner or later we’ll wear down from being overpowered.

        The game is won on the ice and not the stat sheet.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          I am being serious but please, every year we have these doom-and-gloom remarks about the team is going to suck if all their core players do 82 games and then when they still do well missing key players it means next year nothing can improve.

          I was mocked for saying the Habs could do a 100-point season in 10-11 with a healthy Markov (I didn’t even factor Gorges being out, or Cammy’s terrible O year, or Gomez’s) and I was off by 4 points. I’d say this team is being undersold.

          – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
          SF09 on Twitter

          • Sharks9 says:

            Couldn’t agree more. It also bothers me when analysts brag about how they were right about where the Habs would finish, without even taking into account the injury problems they had this year.

            The Habs will challenge for the division lead again next year and possibly even win it. (Barring another insanely impressive season by Tim Thomas)

            25 before 14

          • G-Man says:

            No point. The 2 HHs only talk about size and grit and sand. Any player who doesn’t throw 150 hits/yr is worthless. Same old 1 dimensional hockey team.
            How much crosschecking of opponents do we have to see before a f!cking penalty is called?

        • Sean Bonjovi says:

          Andrei is a known quantity. You should have concerns about your boy Max Pacioretty. He’s still unproven and he’s coming of a devastating injury. Don’t count Max Pac’s goals yet.

          * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

          • Sharks9 says:

            By the time the season rolls around he’ll have had more than half a year to recover. He’s definitely a potential 30-goal scorer.

            25 before 14

          • Sean Bonjovi says:

            I think it’s very likely Pacioretty will will an excellent player, I just don’t want to lump him in with Price and PK quite yet.

            * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Don’t forget that a slew of our other smaller players will get hurt next season to take their places!

      • issie74 says:

        Gionta and Cammellari need to score more,I love both those guys but they need to pick up this year.

        NorthTOHab

    • habstrinifan says:

      Hey Hoobie, let’s have a beer together and I am sure by the end of the evening not only would you be buying (cause I am just that cool a drinking buddy) but I would have convinced you that the HABS are not only gonna make the playoffs easily but will have one of their best and exciting season in 2011-2012.

      Caveat.. PG gets a tough forward or two and JM adapts and frees up his youth corps.

  53. LA Loyalist says:

    Well, I think the terms are reasonable for K. $3.25 M doesn’t buy what it used to. Hopefully he’s play harder in his contract year.

    We still need a top 6 forward, but I’m too tired to discuss it and my vow for 2011/12 is to not speak of he who should not be spoken of. The human boat anchor.

    As for Poo, it’s just sad. He showed some real flashes of talent, but how long do you wait on him? Switzerland, as someone posted.

    I think once PG shows his cards re our D, then it will be clearer what wiggle room we have up front. I’m afraid not much, but let’s hope I’m wrong!

    Have a great summer guys!

  54. JasonM says:

    Good signing, decent money. Will probably be trade bait all season long.

  55. samTHEman says:

    Please don’t re-sign Pouliot…we need some toughness and size…playoff guys. I like RJ Umburger

    ~Kiss my ass Lucic!!!!

  56. showey47 says:

    Good signing. My fav. kostitsyn goal was the one against the flyers where he scores on the backhand in mid air.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kAC176tuSs

  57. Chuck says:

    Speaking of Pouliot, does anyone know if he’s been working on some power-skating in the off-season? ;)

    I find him even more frustrating than Kostitsyn. But considering he went so high in his draft, I doubt that the Habs considered him merely a warm body in return for Latendresse. They knew that the were getting a project in return, so I’m not so sure that they’d give up on him so soon… unless a better, cheaper option presented itself.

    Ideally, I’d think that they’d want to keep him around for another year to see if he ‘gets it’, and can turn himself into a semblance of the player that the Habs think that he could be. He’s got (most of) the tools, as we saw in flashes last season. What hurts him is that with Andrei’s signing, Pouliot is now the most expensive RFA at 1.375 million, which is a hair more than Josh Gorges. And if push came to shove, I know to whom I’d be signing the paycheque…

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      I think he needs like 3 months straight with a sports shrink because it can’t be his skating, no one with that wretched a skating ability gets talked about as a Top 5 pick and gets drafted as such. He has some severe confidence/focus issues or something.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • Chuck says:

        That’s why I’d prefer that they exhaust all possibilities before moving on. I’d hate to see him flourish somewhere else simply because another team had a more expensive sports psychologist on their payroll. :)

      • LA Loyalist says:

        His father had just died when we got him. I think you are right, there is some wetware issue that may or may not be fixable.

        I was reminded re-reading Dryden’s book THE GAME that Larry Robinson was a project. We should remember that. The ass’t coaches worked their asses off with him both in Mtl and in Nova Scotia. And seemingly suddenly, he got it together and became Larry Robinson.

        I’d hate to give up on Poo, but someone somewhere has to commit to him and work with him. JM? Kirk? Who?

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Pouliot’s father passed away in 2004 Loyalist. It’s posslble he’s never really resovled the issues around that, or his father passing away killed something about the game for him. We don’t know but I’m hoping he gets help, the way he is out there, he could be a lot more with the right mind.

          – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
          SF09 on Twitter

          • TheMock780 says:

            Word of mouth is that he indeed is still fighting the demons from that. I know someone who’s dad who worked with the Houston Aeros when Pouliot was there and apparently he had serious off ice issues with his lifestyle there that hampered his play and it revolves around that

            http://5-10andagamemisconduct.blogspot.com/

        • issie74 says:

          And Larry Robinson worked magic with Scott Stevens who was traded to NJ because he was thought to be a head case.

          NorthTOHab

      • habstrinifan says:

        SF09 Man you are so right! I read a big write-up re Pouliot and the loss of his dad etc and his travails and yes determination during his junior years. You have Boone’s ear. Tell Boone to tell JM to tell PG your idea. It may just be what this young man needs.

        A sports shrink with a leg press machine for a couch will be perfect. He needs to strengthen those muscles.

        I coud see it now. Puliot” “Grunt arrrrrrrghh.. well DOC.. 5/6/7… it’s like this Grunt arrrrrghhh” , while PG sits in the outer room smiling and holding up a picture of P.K in SPANDEX with Pouliot’s head imposed on it.

  58. zaq007 says:

    One of my favorite players on the habs, not sure why though but I’m happy to hear the news one of the most skilled players…if only he was consistent -.-

  59. NDGhabsfan says:

    PG’s doing well so far this summer. Now it’s up to Martin to play AK46 properly alongside the 2 players who have gelled with him the best: Pleks and Cammy. Barring any injuries that line should be consistently successful. Or perhaps Andrei will become increasingly irrelevant as the year progresses leading to turning him over for a pick in the springtime. Either way this isn’t the worst Habs news I’ve read.

    From failing hands…

  60. PrimeTime says:

    Good deal for both sides. AK gets another kick at the bucket for a “last year” contract with the bonus this time of being UFA. I expect we’ll see the same production from him. Nothing more, nothing less.

  61. JD_ says:

    Worked out well for Pleks after a soft 2008-09 outin’.

    Can only hope for the best from AK; RFA minimum on all fronts was the way to go.

  62. HardHabits says:

    Good 3rd line player with Eller and either White or maybe Pouliot.

    The 2003 draft is long gone. Time to move on.

    At least the Habs didn’t pick Hugh Jessiman. If you want to feel good about the Habs drafting record just compare it to the Rangers one.

    IMO the pattern that needs to be changed with the Habs drafted players includes;

    a) to not rush them, thus putting too much pressure and expectations on them,
    b) stop shipping them out early where they flourish in other environs rather than develop slowly,
    c) hold onto them regardless of fans pressure so they develop properly into top notch NHLers.

    It’s do or die for AK now and next season determines whether or not he returns. Could be a Plex version 2.0 or a dud. I’d love to see the Plex version 2.0.

    Not time to move on yet.

    This also means that the Markov signing could be next.

    • HabsFan2 says:

      Now THIS is the HH I like!

      +10

      It’s too bad you’re a lousy teacher. :razz:

      ———————————————-
      R.I.P. – K.C. – Jan.28, 1993 – May 19, 2011

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Except we don’t have another two other guys who can play in the Top-6, unless you think we need more Darche or Moen there. Unless MTL makes a good value pick-up in the free agency or a trade, AK is Top-6 by default.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • HardHabits says:

        Habs should IMO put Pyatt, Pouliot and DD on he block and try to find a top 6 on the market.

        Gio-Gomez-Pax
        Cammy-Plex-?????
        AK-Eller-White
        Moen-????-????

        HalifaxHab suggested Konopka. He’s good at face-offs. All that’d be needed would be another bottom 6 forward, preferably a real grinder. Somebody that nobody wants to play against. Habs need a line like Gainey-Carboneau-Nilan again.

        Gio-Gomez-Pax
        Cammy-Plex-?????
        AK-Eller-White
        Moen-Konopka-?????

        • shiram says:

          Put White on the fourth and get someone who can score on the third.

          • mike3131 says:

            Joel Ward?

            ♪ And we’re livin’ here in Allentown… ♪ – Stu (Hangover 2)

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Pyatt is an RFA who couldn’t bury on an EN, Pouliot is an RFA with the worst balance in the NHL, DD is the only guy with value and people are going to be looking at his height regardleds of skill. If we get a Top-6 winger with size for them, we can discern that Gautheir is French for Pollock and that’s what is unfortunate. More likely, Weber and DD would have to be packaged.

          – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
          SF09 on Twitter

          • HardHabits says:

            I didn’t say get get a top six for them. I’d be happy with picks and prospects. Maybe package Pyatt, DD and Weber. Try and see if Pouliot can live up to his 4th over all billing.

            I don’t think AK46 can be counted on to be the elusive #6. I think he’s more effective on the 3rd line with Eller and White or maybe Eller and Pouliot, if the Habs decide to give him one more chance.

            I am suggesting that Habs try to find a winger for Cammy and Plex via free agency.

            If one of the kids can step up, let him pass a veteran and earn it.

          • Sean Bonjovi says:

            Pouliot and Pyatt are both young and cheap and are legitimate NHL players. They have trade value.

            * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

        • Sean Bonjovi says:

          Do we all agree that there’s no room on this team for Mathieu Darche?

          * (he is cheap though)

          * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

          • Kooch7800 says:

            Darche was good for what he was asked to do. Got in front of the net and was good on the PP. If you can get him for 500,000 I would say sign him. I wish he through the body more he is a big boy

          • 24 Cups says:

            No room for Darche? I can think of four Hab forwards that would be below him on my depth chart for next year.

            Siging Darche is a no-brainer in my opinion.

  63. Propwash says:

    He can be frustrating, but when he’s on, he’s on.

  64. naweed235 says:

    I know he constantly get criticized for his consistence but I think for what he produces this is a very fair price and I think it should’ve been atleast a 2 yr deal… HE is big, He can hit and he sure as hell can score when he feels like it… Plus, he has had like 3 or 4 20 G seasons now…

  65. Mattyleg says:

    So Kozzy’s in the bag.
    Good deal.
    Last summer, there was plenty of ‘don’t bring him back’ talk.
    Along those lines…

    SO, Gomez, eh?

    Who here honestly thinks he can pull it together for next season?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  66. frozengolf says:

    I agree with KelonaHab, it makes me sick to see what we could have had instead of AK46 in that draft; Jeff Carter, Brent Seabrook, Zack Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Mike Richards, Corey Parey, Patrice Bergeron, Shea Weber to name a few. AK46 has all the tools, but just seems to float way too much. I think it’s too late to get anything of real value for him in a trade, other teams see him floating around. It would be nice to package him and Gomez to some team for a bag of pucks, at least we could get somthing useful (and more cap room to sign a real contributor).

    • 123456 says:

      every team has a player like that. don’t live in the past. AK46 is a solid 20G producer. I think he will get 30 next year. 30G for a little over $3M is a steal.

    • bwoar says:

      Holy hanna, you don’t say? This is the first I’ve ever heard about that draft. What a blunder! How can the hockey world not have brought this up a few more times before today? I’m amazed more people haven’t mentioned it before. This really is something that no one has ever talked much about until now.

      Nice job bringing it to our attention. I can now started hating AK46 for making the mistake of being drafted. How dare he play hockey well enough to look like a viable player when all those stars were just out there waiting to be picked?

  67. bwoar says:

    3.25M again for him, 1 year, confirmed. Not bad.

    MAGodin Marc Antoine Godin
    Le salaire de Kostitsyn reste à 3,25 millions //// Kostitsyn salary remains at 3,25 millions for next season.

  68. MathMan says:

    A good hockey player, and an important guy to keep.

    Mixed feelings about the length. On the one hand he will be UFA next year, and he will be difficult to replace at the same cost. On the other hand, they haven’t bought any UFA years, so the cap hit is likely to be lower than a longer-term deal.

  69. ESundy36 says:

    If he can become a more consistent producer then this signing is a good news, if he remains the streaky player he has been to date then it will lead to continued pulling out of hairs.

  70. Sharks9 says:

    Hopefully he can improve this year! If not, PLEASE trade him before the deadline so we don’t lose him for nothing!

    25 before 14

  71. kelowna_HAB says:

    Why? He would have made perfect ‘trade bait’ along with a prospect for another top 6 forward. How many years do we have to watch him float around looking for the perfect pass, he has to change his play this year or he will have NO trade value next year. Look who was picked after him in the 2003 draft… now that’s a disappointment!!!

    • bwoar says:

      “He would have made perfect ‘trade bait’ along with a prospect for another top 6 forward.”

      Very next sentence: “How many years do we have to watch him float around looking for the perfect pass”

      I hope you see the contradiction here, because NHL GMs do.

      • Mattyleg says:

        Don’t be ridiculous!
        We should be able to trade problem players for great players!
        Works on my PS3 every time…

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

  72. shiram says:

    Good signing, does not harm the future, and we have a known element with the team, Andrei can score and hit, and we need both those things.

  73. OneTimer says:

    Good! Now the question is, does Pouliot get the same kind of “one-year-to-prove-yourself” deal?

    • Mike Boone says:

      He got that last year. Benny is gone.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger
      Gazette City columnist
      mboone@montrealgazette.com

    • MathMan says:

      Andrei Kostitsyn has proven he’s capable of playing on a top-line and be effective against tough competition. He’s no longer on the one-year-to-prove-himself train.

      He may not be as good as fans think he should be, but he is a quality hockey player and he’s priced according to his effectiveness.

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        I agree, and I would add that he’s also proven capable of playing on the third line which is just as important IMO.
        Unless they sign two or more new UFA forwards I expect Pouliot to be re-signed and evaluated over training camp and the first month of the season. If he still sucks he’ll be traded in the fall. When a player’s biggest deficiencies are fitness and discipline/attitude (as opposed to skill, size, skating) every coach thinks they can fix that player. If PG trades Pouliot he’ll get something for him.

        * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Unless he’s got some solid blackmail on PG, he’s going to be plying his trade in the Swiss League more likely.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

  74. HabinBurlington says:

    Despite all the criticism he receives, I think it is good news we have him signed. Nice to have some meaningful HABS news!

    Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!


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