Nashville, Tenn. (July 6, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent Sergei Kostitsyn (SAIR-gay kaws-TIHT-sihn) to a one-year contract worth $550,000. Kostitsyn was acquired from Montreal in exchange for forward Dustin Boyd and goaltender Dan Ellis last Tuesday, June 29.
Kostitsyn, 23 (3/20/87), posted 18 points (7g-11a) in 47 contests during his third season at the NHL level with Montreal in 2009-10. In 155 career NHL contests over the past three seasons, the 6-0, 210-pound left wing has amassed 68 points (24g-44a), in addition to 49 points (15g-34a) in 55 American Hockey League games. Kostitsyn has also suited up for the Habs in each of their last three playoff appearances, putting up eight points (3g-5a) in 18 games.
A native of Novopolotsk, Belarus, Kostitsyn represented his country at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, leading the Belarusians in points with five (2g-3a) in four games. He played a pair of seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights after being Montreal’s sixth selection, 200th overall (seventh round), in the 2005 Entry Draft, amassing (66g-143a) in 122 games. He led the league in assists in 2006-07, en route to being named a Third-Team OHL All-Star.
I hope he will get his **** together and finally play a full season on the top 6.
I want to see what he can do in an offensive role for a whole season.
I think Sergei has maintained around 0.4 pt per game mostly on a defensive role, with almost no PP time, in his career. In a full season, on the top 6, he will probably get around 40-50 points. That's not bad for 500k.
The trade also included future draft pick considerations in the event players didn’t sign with their new clubs. However now that all three players involved have signed NHL contracts – Boyd with Montreal, Ellis with Tampa Bay, and Kostitsyn with Nashville – the draft pick considerations all washed out.
People are talking like Sergei don't want to play hockey anymore or something like that. He WANTS to play in the NHL, that's why he refused to join the Dogs at the beginning of the season. He asked for a trade because he WANTS to play in the NHL.
If he's healthy (something he was not last season, some people keeps forgetting that) at the training camp, with his talent, he will have no problem to start the year in Nashville, on an offensive line. We all know what Sergei can bring. So it shouldn't be a problem.
Last season, it was an AWFUL start for Sergei at training camp. He was in recovery from an injury all summer long so he didn't practice/train much to start the training camp. He had a tough first game but was much better in his 2nd and third game but for some reason, he was still sent down to Hamilton when lots of guys were worst than him (MaxPac, Tender, Lappy, Stewart, D'Ago, Pyatt). Sergei started the season with the wrong foot and things went downhill after that. But let's be honest, he wasn't that bad at the camp, he wasn't the worst and "deserve" to stay more than others, his injury didn't help either. It was unfortunate if you ask me.
Unless he really had no offers in the KHL, it does seem to be that the kid want to play in the NHL to finally have signed for less money than he was making before. Would people be really surprised if he rebounds? I mean, after all the GREAT reports the same ones who are bashing him now, were praising him then?
Will he be the first kid to get his act together after being traded once? Nashville is a perfect scenario for him. And he goes to a place where he'll have to prove his worth immediately. And to me, you feel that by signing at the price he did, that's what he wants to do.
We will see. Talent is still very much there. The only bad thing he develop, aside from his character, was him avoiding contacts more than he ever did. We will see if that's still in him or it was just him not wanting to pay the price because of who and where he was playing. But maturity usually comes with time. We'll see if he'll be there as soon as next year. Not sure why there's so many people counting him out already....