Andrei Kostitsyn called up after disappointing and embarrasing loss to the Leafs

According to TSN.ca, Andrei Kostitsyn has been recalled from the Montreal’s AHL team, the Hamilton Bulldogs. If any of you remember the rookie camp of the Habs, the big story was which rookie would crack the lineup: Latendresse or Kostitsyn. While we all now know the outcome of that, both players played extremely well in pre-season (yes, I know they mean nothing) and showed promise of being able to perform in the NHL.

Although most recalls are usually done to provide depth, Kostitsyn’s recall should not be taken so lightly. He is not a fourth liner, and really only fits in on a scoring line. Given how poorly the 4th line has been playing, having to deal with both Murray and Downey on it, this call up is obviously meant to counter the loss of production from Higgins’ injury and to balance out the lines.

If I had to wager a guess on where Kostitsyn will be playing, as he will be with the team in Ottawa, it will be on the third line. Begin will be moved back to the fourth, which is good news for our checking line which has proven to be ineffective with both Murray and Downey on it.

Latendresse – Koivu – Ryder
Samsonov – Kovalev – Perezogin
Kostitsyn – Bonk – Johnson
Begin – Plekanec – Murray/Downey

After Murray’s play last night, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him sitting out and Downey dressing

Huet, as per Carbo’s 2-game goalie schedule, will be in nets.

Dandenault will not dress, as he is still not completely recovered, but is coming close and is traveling with the team. Bouillion is slated to return for mid to late Decemeber. That will leave us with 8 NHL defencemen around the trade deadline (just thought I’d throw that out there).


11 Responses to Andrei Kostitsyn called up after disappointing and embarrasing loss to the Leafs

  1. Habmania11 says:

    I say put Kostitsyn on the 2nd line, Move samsonov to the 1st, and Latendresse to the 3rd.

    Samsonov – Koivu – Ryder
    Kostitsyn – Kovalev – Perezhogin
    Latendresse – Bonk – Johnson
    Plekanec – Begin – Downey

    a shakeup is in need, (I know its only one game thats been a blowout) but it should have been a blowout in our favor.

    What do you guys think.?

  2. habsoverserver says:

    I am glad that Kostitsyn is being given a chance.  I could see him playing on the second line ahead of Perezhogin.  Perezhogin has scored on only one of his 24 shots, giving him the worst shooting percentage of any forward on the roster.  It's tough to expect puck hogs like Kovalev and Samsonov to pass to a guy who has no scoring touch at the NHL level.  Besides, Kostitsyn is also from Russia

    The third line has been suberb for Montreal, I don't see any reason to tamper with it. 

    Niinimaa is an insurance policy but probably can't be moved due to his poor performance and high salary.

  3. habsoverserver says:

    I am glad that Kostitsyn is being given a chance.  I could see him playing on the second line ahead of Perezhogin.  Perezhogin has scored on only one of his 24 shots, giving him the worst shooting percentage of any forward on the roster.  It's tough to expect puck hogs like Kovalev and Samsonov to pass to a guy who has no scoring touch at the NHL level.  Besides, Kostitsyn is also from Russia

    The third line has been suberb for Montreal, I don't see any reason to tamper with it. 

    Niinimaa is an insurance policy but probably can't be moved due to his poor performance and high salary.

  4. Les-Habitants says:

    Samsonov on the first line could prove interesting, but I think Carbo is trying to establish some chemistry in the all Russian line and would perfer to give them more time together.

    While I really don't think that will happen as it was, like you said, just one game it is possible.  They do need a shakeup, but we'll have to see.

  5. mtl_prince says:

    ninnama is garbage, i cant wait to have dandenault back in the line up, and bouliion for that matter, then striet will be #7 and ninimma #8

  6. mtl_prince says:

    and to think i used to loath edmonton when they had ninima 5 years back, i remember thinking i wish that guy played for the habs, but unfirtunatly his play is nowhere near what it used to be.

  7. christos says:

    As you said earlier, i don't think murray will dress tonight, he hasnt really been having the same success as he did last year.  The game agains T.O was very ugly, as much as i don't liek the leafs, they brought their A game, and once again, kaberle and Mccabe thorned us. BUT, one positive i think we can all take from that game is the meshing of our russian line. Is it just me or have they been getting a lil stronger every game, and against T.O on a bunch of shifts, seem to control the play. As much trashing they got, i think they are definatly coming together, wich is a good thing, but then again, maybe i was seeing things?!

    the injury to higgins was a big blow, his all around play is definatly a trmendous loss. But i think one thing we are overlooking is our defence, it seems any team that puts a great deal of fore checking gets the answers and goals. Trust me, this will change, with mathieu ready to go, and boullion on the verge, it seems liek ninima and streits days are numbered. But i liek streit. he is startign to show why he was the leader of the (chuckle) swiss team. 

    habs fans! we will only get better, every team has ups and downs, dont trash our habs, believe in them! thaks for reading

    chris

  8. Les-Habitants says:

    Projected lineup for tonight's game, again according to TSN.ca
    Forwards:
    Latendresse – Koivu – Ryder
    Kostitsyn – Kovalev – Samsonov
    Perezhogin – Bonk – Johnson
    Begin – Plekanec – Downey

    Defence:
    Souray – Rivet
    Komisarek – Markov
    Niinimaa – Streit

    Goal:
    Huet

    Like was mentioned above, a shakeup is needed and it seems it will be in the form of moving Perezogin back to the 3rd, Begin to the 4th with Kostitsyn being given time with the two russians on the 2nd.

    Perezogin and Andrei are fairly similar players, although I personally see a lot more promise in Kostitsyn.  Perezogin played well on the 3rd with Bonk and Johnson, and while he didn't produce, he ended up getting the team's highest +/- at +7.  Additionally, his play was great and I like the offensive flair he brought to that line.  I personally thought he was a good fit, so I'm glad to see him move back there.

    Begin back on the 4th, thank god! and I say that without any disrespect to Begin.  With both Begin and Plekanec on that line, you have two very defensively responsible players while Downey provides a little more size and punishment.  Murray is like a faster smaller Downey, but he isn't much of a lockdown player.  Begin back on the 4th makes this line effective again, whereas with Murray and Downey it kinda of left Plekanec out to dry.

    2nd line for Kostitsyn is great, as I love this guy's drive for the net.  Talk about a purely offensive line.  If this line gels, man it's gonna be good.

    Latendresse will continue to get time playing with Koivu and Ryder till Higgins returns, and so far he has been playing well enough to deserve it.  As much as people are bashing him, he has been playing well…not up to those ridicous standards set for him, but still.  He might even turn into a legit power forward one of these days.

    I wonder if he'll be bumped down to the 4th if Higgins returns and Kostitsyn is playing well enough to stay? – just a random thought.

    Looking forward to the game tonight!  Allez les Tricolours!! Big rebound against Ottawa!

  9. Les-Habitants says:

    you called it.

  10. passionch says:

    Kostitsyn did well last night!  Although, about Higgins return, if Kostitsyn doesn't produce on the 2nd line, I think Higgins could play center there if Latendresse continues to do well with Koivu and Ryder.  Just a thought!

    The only problem right now would be Niinima's play…

    Projected lines if Dandenault is back:

    Latendresse-Koivu-Ryder
    Kostitsyn-Kovalev-Samsonov
    Perezhogin-Bonk-Johnson
    Begin-Plekanec-Murray

    Souray – Rivet
    Komisarek – Markov
    Dandenault – Streit

  11. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Well something has to be done when a team loses to the Leafs in general, but that bad? I mean the Leafs are basically the worst team in the league, and this is as if the Habs lost to the 2004 Pittsburgh Penguins.

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