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.