WASHINGTON DC, DC - APRIL 23:  Sergei Kostitsyn #74 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the Washington Capitals in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on April 23, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Despite their playoff successes, all is not well in Montreal.  According to a report circulating in the French media, head coach Jacques Martin has ordered frequent healthy scratch Sergei Kostitsyn to work out in the gym and not to participate in today’s morning skate with the rest of the team.

 

When asked why, Martin answered this way (translated via Google):

 

“I had a meeting with Sergei this morning and I asked him to stay in the gym. There is no reason and it has no special status.”

 

Martin added that the team is focused on their series with Pittsburgh.

 

It’s the latest in what has been a series of problems between Kostitsyn and Canadiens management.  Earlier this season, Kostitsyn refused to report to Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton, and was subsequently suspended by the team.  He eventually chose to report, then left the team early in the season and was suspended again.

 

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s played his last NHL game.

Comments (8)

  1. could be a good steal for another team, he has tons of skills maybe playing in montreal is getting to his head, watched him for two years with the knights an he was unreal

  2. Let’s see where this goes before speculating too much over it being a “his last NHL game played” situation – maybe his last for MTL, but the guy’s no chump, either – maybe too proud and arrogant but it’s a long off-season – a time for him to get his head back where it belongs and maybe he’ll do that, having been knocked down a peg or 2 – one thing’s for sure; if he IS poison, he’s the last thing the Habs need right now.

  3. goodbye NHL, hello KHL

  4. great upside when focused….can play solid defense too as seen in ohl with hunters knights but if he leaves probably the end for andrei as well…maybe a package deal with good return?

  5. There’s something wrong with this cat. Not sure what the story is but I’d be wary if I were a GM.

  6. I think the canadians are just playing him because they feel he doesn’t mean their system of play . maybe time to trade him to the wester confence. the ducks or oilers could use his scoring!

  7. I’ll believe the habs will trade a Kostitsyn the day they actually trade one. The kid is talented and, overall, has taken steps forward this year. They got him in the 7th round and quite frankly, I don’t see why they should send him away; he’s a nutcase but so are many other guys. He also is a pest and a talented kid with obvious two-way potential. Unless the KHL steals him, there is no use sending him away I think.

  8. I agree with Olivier, mainly. However I think it’s kind of obvious that Jacques Martin doesn’t like either brothers (he just can’t afford to healthy-scratch Andrei, still made him play 2-3 games on the 4th line) so I’m pretty sure if he has his way, both will be gone this summer – probably via trade.

    I personally think it would be a mistake to send them away – this kind of raw talent just doesn’t happen that often. I remember from earlier this year Sergei, playing on the third line, was one of the better 5v5 outscoring forwards on the team (a poor 5v5 team too, overall), albeit playing average competition. I really think something can be done with these guys, but Martin sure doesn’t look like he has the right approach.

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