SK 74 signs in Nashville

Who knew Sergei Kostitsyn was a country-music fan?

The Canadiens’ former problem child squelched those rumours that he was heading to the KHL when he signed a one-year deal to play for the Nashville Predators. Kostitsyn became the Predators’ property in a deal last month for the NHL rights to goaltender Dan Ellis and forward Dustin Boyd.

Kostitsyn will make a bit more than the minimum wage at $550,000 but he’ll get a chance to renegotiate next summer if he can deliver on his largely untapped talent.     


  1. Julie H says:

    So long mini Kostitsyn!

    “I know you’re wise beyond your years, but do you ever get the fear that your perfect verse is just a lie you tell yourself to help you get by?”

  2. db says:

    would you offer sheet carcillo? or b. ryan? or anyone?

  3. Bahamut-Prime says:

    Considering we only made it into the playoffs one point ahead of the rangers I’d say SK74 getting 2 gamewinners while marginal is doing something for the team.

  4. TripleX says:

    Eklund just twittered that the Rangers are in on Kovalchuk!


    What is their cap space?  One dollar?


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  5. SuperStarz says:

    who is this guy? did he contribute to the team in any way?
    Answer: Nobody and NO

  6. TripleX says:

    I realize PG has a full agenda, but how about replacing those six scouts, naming a coach for Hamilton and giving Kirk Muller a job!



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  7. habsfaninboston says:

    Kovy looking for $10 million per year. Not worth it IMO.

  8. Kamal Panesar says:

    Honestly?  Who cares?

    Yes, Sergei is talented and could very likely turn his career around in Nashville, but he is no longer a Hab, so who really cares?

    The Habs signed Dustin Boyd, and for Habs fans that don’t know this guy, he is nothing but character and is a bigger, stronger, faster, tougher Glen Metropolit. 

    While he by no means is equal in skill to Sergei, he is someone who wants to be here and has no quit in him.  He will be a welcome addition to the bottom-6.

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  9. vic says:

    I hope Sergi does well in Nashville.JM idnt like him from the getgo.

    I am waiting to see what happens to the kids comming up

    I also think there is going to be an attitude change on the teams on how some of the players have been handle by mangement.

    Now that Halack has signed is Gauthier backed into a corner?

  10. petrov14 says:

    A one-way deal I assume?

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  11. smiler2729 says:

    SK74 signs in Nashville… whatever.

  12. Hockey Socks says:

    Like Gui in Minnesota, Sergei will be given every opportunity to be a key player for the Predators. We all know how good he can be and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a breakout season for him. Its too bad that he was a pain in the ass.

    I wonder how Trotz will deal with him though. If he thought Martin gave him a hard time…

  13. TripleX says:

    SK had no problems with a well known tough coach Dale Hunter in London, or the National coach of Belarus, or Boucher in Hamilton.

    He did have major problems with JM in Montreal.  But just like every other player that leaves Montreal it is never the fault of management or the coach.  Sk is a trouble maker, bad apple, and a “pain in the a**”.  At some point it has to be something other than the players.  

    Gainey gutted his entire team because of a bad attitude and bad apples in the room.  Well who drafted and traded for most of those players?  Now this new group have the RIGHT attitude. Well time will tell.  I happen to think ANY player who has the talent and will to make it to the NHL has the RIGHT attitude if management and the coaching staff have a clue.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  14. Habs4ever Fan says:

    If Sergie turns out to be a great player it will further hightlight the habs inability to get value out of their draft picks

  15. Trisdin says:

    Lets just hope we can get value out of other team picks, that we traded for.

  16. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I don’t think so. There are guys who don’t fit in Montreal, for the simple reason that Montreal is a fun place. If you’re a hockey player here, obviously, you’re a star, and if you are either too undisciplined or too stupid to resist temptation, you’re done, whatever the club does. In Nashville, when they find out you’re a hockey player, they ask you to use your skates to chop ice in the back room, for the minor country singers’ drinks. You don’t matter to anyone but yourself.

    Sergei should flourish not mattering to anyone but himself.  He should no longer matter to us. He’s just grabovski lite.

  17. blu3chip says:

    Sergei Kostitsyn was drafted 200th overall.

    How many 200th+ overall players are currently playing in NHL? What is the average value of a 7th round pick?

  18. Trisdin says:

    Will this mean that the “future considerations” of the deal are a wash?. We signed Boyd, they signed Kostitsyn, so future picks shouldn’t come into play, right?. 

  19. NightRyder says:

    If I had to guess, I’d say he’ll get about 15-20 goals, maybe 45 points, and this place will be up in arms because we let such a “talent” get away.

    He’ll play harder initially to try to prove himself, and his off-ice antics won’t be noticed by overbearing media members all tripping over themselves to try for a big scoop.

    Sometimes, a change of scenery is just needed. Good riddance in this case.


  20. JVF says:

    My thoughts exactly. He might even get more points than his brother, depending on his PP time. This kid is good. He’s a handful, but he’s good. And he’s going to get better. Good riddance indeed, but too bad.

  21. RetroMikey says:

    My guess is he’ll amount to nothing in Nashville, he’ll be pouting as he always does, Shea Weber will clock him, and Barry Trotz will put him on board the next flight to Belarus.

    If all of you thought Martin was hard on little Sergei, you have not met Barry Trotz who will not tolerate anybody!

    Bah Bye you little turd.


    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  22. habs4last says:

    xmas time, he’ll be waived.

  23. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Sergei’s haircut over a rhinestone jacket   oof.

  24. The Cat says:

    When something happens more than once or twice, when does the onus fall on the player development aspect of the organization? I mean either the development sucks or Trevor Timmins really sucks in assessing the character of who he selects.

  25. G BO says:

    Breakdown of Halak deal is as follows…

    $2.75 2010-2011

    $3.50 2011-2012

    $4.25 2012-2013

    $4.50 2013-2014



  26. NightRyder says:

    Over the next four years, who gets more wins, Price or Halak?


  27. int says:

    Says who? CapGeek and Cap-Central both show 3.75 each year for 4 years…?

  28. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sergei wouldn’t be the first person to make the NHL, get the big money and not be able to handle living in a party city. Or to feel entitled to his roster position because he’s ‘made it’ and thinks that’s it, sort of like Guimauve in that sense.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  29. TripleX says:

    My point is that far too many on HIO are quick to put ALL the blame on the players and say good riddance to the bum when they leave.

    I have major problems with player development in Montreal.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  30. SeriousFan09 says:

    I haven’t been a huge fan of player development for MTL, especially their antiquated approach to handling young players joining the team. However, I also note that no sooner do we cut our biggest problems loose (VGL, Guimauve, SK) or even before we have, they take the opportunity to go ‘poor me, it was everyone’s fault but mine’ in the media.

    Did we pick up one guy for the team in the last 12 months who behaved like that upon leaving their old one? Nope. Team’s more important is the new philosophy and if you can’t deal with that, go find another one. The bad apples are easier to spot when they refuse to admit they may have had anything to do with why they were tossed.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  31. TripleX says:

    BGL was always known as a great team mate and stand up guy in Edmonton.  In fact he is still respected and loved in that city.

    So what happened?  He comes home to Montreal and turns into a douche?  Sorry I don’t buy it.  Character guys remain character guys.  If he has a chip on his shoulder SOMEONE or SOMETHING put it there.

    Lats is another story as he was always someone with a sense of self entitlement.  No thanks to the French media.

    SK was given a rough ride in Montreal.  He was a model player according to Dale Hunter AND Boucher so to put all the blame on him is unfair.  Yes, he acted badly but I don’t put ALL the blame on a young player.  Price is always given slack because of his age, well how about giving the same consideration to other young players.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  32. SeriousFan09 says:

    Laraque never stood up for anyone, never thought for a moment to defy his coach to stand up for a teammate when he played here. If he was that much of a stand up guy, he would’ve levelled Lucic or Kurt Sauer in 08-09 the second they targeted Komisarek and AK. But he didn’t, he politely asked and was refused, so he watched while our guys were battered. If he’d actually stood up for his teammates ONCE here and then been immediately benched than he’d have a leg to stand on, perhaps. He did even less this year, which is again, proof that he had either lost his interest in a fight or wasn’t willing to stand up for his teammates regardless of the cost.

    SK had a rough ride, but he did himself in along the way. I’ve defended him at various points over the past year, but I’ve honestly had it with him. He always seemed to play well enough to make it to the next level examining his past couple years, but then he just slid back into comfort mode when he was in MTL. He has exceptional talent, but no will to use it and everything he has for MTL or he just likes a good party too much. Either way, he’s had his chances. Price has had his troubles as well but his value and quality are far higher and he made a significant effort to get better this year in practice, training and being a better teammate. Sergei did not.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  33. JasonM says:

    Fantastic posts TripleX.

  34. NightRyder says:

    You’d think by now we would have conditioned ourselves not to overvalue our “prospects.”

    But this fan base is so passionate we allow ourselves to be worked into a lather over almost anything, be it a fourth-liner or a sixth-round pick.

    My biggest wish for the franchise is that they start drafting better and developing players better. The latter is made especially difficult by the demands of we, the howling fan base, who all think we should be the GM. The kids need to be given the ice time to learn from their mistakes, which can translate into losses. That in turn sparks the howling, which in turn stunts the development as the prospects ride the pine. It’s a nasty cycle.

    It’s that disconnect in terms of developing more talent that made me more sour over losing Boucher and Larry Robinson this summer than it did losing Halak.

    Good goalies are still a dime a dozen. With the equipment and athleticism and coaching out there, there is a much bigger pool to draw from. (Although does anyone wonder what will happen to the smaller goalies if they actually do crack down on equipment his year?)

    Improving each of our kids incrementally each year is (to me any way) the most important thing we can do. Then perhaps we wouldn’t have to panic and bring in Gomez and other assorted high-priced space fillers to remain competitive to placate the howling masses.



  35. TripleX says:

    To name a few:

    Jaro Halak

    Mark Streit

    Dustin Byugflien

    Henrik Lundqvist

    Joe Pavelski



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  36. wotever says:

    To complete the picture please list the ones who didn’t.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  37. blu3chip says:

    lol the first one I thought of was Huet for some reason…  lol

    I was pointing out that the fact we picked a quality player like Sergei Kostitsyn in the 7th round is amazing. SK is simply not a good example of “habs inability to get value out of their draft picks”.

  38. SeriousFan09 says:

    6th and 7th rounders Zetterberg and Datsyuk as well. Difference is, these names are a tiny fraction of the guys who make the NHL. If your 7th-rounder works out every 7 years you’re generally okay, unless you’re the Red Wings of course than that’s a pretty bad period.

    Few players can rise from that late in the draft, sometimes talent and heart is missed, but these guys are often going at the 200 mark because they really aren’t worth drafting to begin with.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  39. NightRyder says:

    Henrik Zetterberg, Cristobal Huet, Tomas Kaberle, there’s lots of ’em

  40. NightRyder says:

    It’s our first-rounders that we seem to have all the trouble with.


  41. rossy131 says:

    The team is really starting to shape up. I think management really has a good idea of what needs to be done in order to win in this league.

    We finally have some real good, young, third and fourth liners, who are actually groomed to play the 3rd/4th line rather than top 6 forwards that just didnt make it. Our top 6 is set, we don’t need to boost it with anyone, and our defense is a mix of young (obyrne, gorges, subban), and old (hammer, spacek, gill), and offensively gifted (markov). Our goaltending, in spite of the constant fight for #1, has never been a problem, and won’t be the deciding factor this year.

    Things are looking good. Lets sign lapierre and price, and maybe a 7th defenceman (andy sutton) and give it another go!


    Go HABS Go

  42. NightRyder says:

    Glass half-full guy!

  43. wotever says:

    Love Sutton, penalty box door anyone?, but nervous about another 35 yo Dman.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  44. LA Loyalist says:

    Goaltending has not been a problem? Price cost us a series against Boston and a series against Philidelphia. 

    Alzheimer’s shouldn’t set in in one so young. I’m not against Price, but management should NEVER have played him so soon. Dryden and Roy were exceptions, not the rule. Price should have played behind someone like Cujo or Andy Moog or Brodeur, now his head may be irredeemably messed up. I repeat, it’s not his fault he has talent. I blame Gainey.

    P.S. Gomez sucks and he sucks more since he took #11

  45. RetroMikey says:

    My bet is on Alex Auld.  lol!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  46. NightRyder says:

    Big Bald Alex Auld.

    Our new cult hero.

  47. petrov14 says:

    The Blues are a team on the rise. This is Halaks to lose.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  48. The Cat says:

    Trotz might be successful in scaring him straight though. I cant imagine Dale Hunter being that tolerant lol

  49. Duracell3 says:

    Doubtful, he had 9 goals in 52 games with Montreal playing with some of our better players at the time, he won’t be surrounded with nearly the same kind of talent. I could see him getting 15-20 if he plays top-6 minutes.

  50. showey47 says:

    Price cost us a series against boston? We scored like 5 f’king goals in 4 games in that series. How is that the goalies fault? Halak didn’t fair much better against the flyers either. Halak’s game seemed to fall apart when players were getting into his kitchen and nudging him like the flyers were.

  51. TorontoHabsFan says:

    “Alzheimer’s shouldn’t set in in one so young”


    Not cool buddy. Not. Cool.

  52. Muckbringer says:

    you would give up on him for the rest of the season if he let in a week one on the first shot of the first gamea gainst the leafs wouldnt you? man i wish they would bring back the nordiques!!!!

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