You don't know what you're talking about. Both Kostitsyns were born in the USSR making them "Russians" first and Belorussians second.
??? I don't know how old you are, but people from the USSR were called Soviets. One of the many USSR Republics was Russia. Another was Belarus. So they were born Soviets, but are now Belarusians. They were never Russians.
Laraque playing so much must be a message Carbo is trying to send to Bob: get me Big Guys!
Well CLEARLY the message that Carbo sends to Gainey by putting one game Bégin with Kovalev, or Dandeault with Plekanec or Kostopoulos on top lines is, I would love to have a better mix of players. Since we don't have any Dustin Brown or Brendan Morrow, I'll put guys that have their grit and hope that one day they'll wake up with their talent...