Heading to the Music City

It is becoming increasingly clear that the Kostitsyn brothers will be reunited in Nashville shortly. The pieces moving between the two teams are unclear right now beyond the fact that Andrei is heading to Nashville.

Nashville’s need for offensive talent can’t really be undersold as their defense first system is only going to take them so far if they don’t add people that will pot the occasional goal for them. Obviously the Kostitsyn brothers have chemistry and if one coach could keep them in line, you’d figure it was Barry Trotz.

I’ll be filling in details as they develop.

If Jeff Carter and Mike Richards can be reunited, why not the Kostitsyns?

UPDATE w/ANALYSIS: The Predators are sending a second round pick in 2013 and the conditional pick they received for Hal Gill in return for Andrei Kostitsyn. All in all this seems to be a positive move from a hockey perspective for the Predators. They give up very little in the grand scheme of things and pick up a guy with money in the bank 20 goal scoring ability. On a team starving for offence to help them out down the stretch, this is a solid pick up for the Preds.

From a Montreal perspective I’m not sure what they are trying to accomplish right now and this probably won’t be too much more clear until we see what else they do. It’s clear they want to stockpile draft picks, but getting a pick back that they traded just a little while back isn’t exactly a step towards the future, it’s taking back what you already had. Let’s also not forget that this second rounder isn’t on the clock until next season. All in all this seems to be a move by the Habs meant to clear some cap space, get a moody player out of the room and see what they can get. It serves their purpose but doesn’t necessarily improve the team in a distinct way.

Here’s an interesting way of framing it courtesy of Chris Johnston, lead hockey writer for the Canadian Press.

Who do you folks give the edge to?

Comments (4)

  1. Great moves by Preds and Polie yet again. Two players for a playoff run for two potentials, one career AHL player and Geoffrion, who may or may not turn into a 3rd line center.

  2. “get a moody player out of the room”

    I don’t like this deal, but one thing I really think needs to be examind is the statement above. I have read a couple articles recently that have pointed out that AK46 was one of, if not *the*, most popular guys in the dressing room. For example, Dave Stubbs:

    https://twitter.com/#!/habsinsideout1/status/174157271213948928

    More importantly I feel that AK has developed more recently but never been given a proper shot. Last year he was playing great with Cammalleri and Plekanec, but Gionta + Gomez were struggling so Martin mixed the lines up. Kostitsyn ends up with Gomez and his production plummets. Then he gets put with Eller later in the season and he goes on fire again.
    He may not have reached the level his talent suggested back when he was drafted, or when he single handedly dominated the US in the world juniors, but he was a big physical winger who I feel was treated poorly by coaching and management.

    Oh well, it means I’ll be cheering more for Nashville now…

    • Fair enough, I had only heard the opposite but that’s not necessarily uncommon.

      One of the reasons for the Phaneuf trade was that he was a locker room cancer that didn’t get along with Iginla. Fast forward to this year’s all-star game and they spent the whole time talking to one another. The number of people who actually know is pretty finite.

  3. Makes me sick. One of the most consistent ppg & hit producers on the team. Publicly says he wants to stay, drafted him, developed him, then let him go for a 2nd?? Omg I’ve been a diehard since ’77; worst management ever.

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