Andrei Kostitysn to Nashville

The Nashville Predators have aquired Andrei Kostitsyn from the Montreal Candiens for a 2013 2nd Round Pick and a conditional 5th Round Pick. 

Here is the Press Release:

Nashville, Tenn. (February 27, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired forward Andrei Kostitsyn from Montreal in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft, in addition to the conditional 2013 fifth-round pick Nashville acquired from Montreal along with Hal Gill in a trade 10 days ago. Kostitsyn is expected to meet the team for its game in Carolina tomorrow.

Kostitsyn, 27 (2/3/85), has 24 points (12g-12a) in 53 games for the Canadiens in 2011-12. The brother of current Predators forward Sergei Kostitsyn has suited up for 379 NHL games since the start of the 2005-06 campaign – all with the Habs – amassing 99 goals and 210 points. He is a three-time 20-goal scorer, notching career highs in both goals (26) and points (53) during the 2007-08 campaign. The 6-0, 205-pound right wing has also helped Montreal advance to the postseason the past four years, amassing 19 points (11g-9a) in 41 career playoff games.

The Novopolotsk, Belarus, native was drafted 10th overall (first round) by Montreal in the 2003 Entry Draft held at Bridgestone Arena.
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Here are Andrei Kostitsyn’s stats.

Name Position GP Goals Assists +/-
Andrei Kostitsyn LW 53 12 12 -8

His stats aren’t too impressive, but Andrei was with a bad team and a bad locker room. With Barry Trotz as a coach, Andrei will change his attitude and his play. Andrei said he didn’t want to leave Montreal, but I feel he could play his best hockey elsewhere. 

Andrei will join his brother, Sergei, with the Predators. Unfortunately, they will most likely not be on the same line because neither is a center and Martin Erat seems to be a lock with Sergei. 

This trade was brilliant by David Poile. He basically stole him from the Canadiens. Poile has yet to trade anyone on the roster. Great move by David Poile.