Habs' Kostitsyn loses game of chicken with GM Gainey

Winger scurries back to Hamilton Bulldogs after failed ultimatum

By Pat Hickey, The Gazette

If you thought Hamlet was a confused young man, you’ve never met Sergei Kostitsyn.In a 24-hour period, the younger Kostitsyn brother walked out on the Hamilton Bulldogs, was suspended by the Canadiens for the second time this season and then agreed to return to the American Hockey League team after meeting with Bob Gainey after the general manager told Radio-Canada that he thought Kostitsyn was going to Russia.

The 22-year-old Kostitsyn packed his belongings after Hamilton’s 4-1 win over Manitoba Tuesday, amid reports he had given the Canadiens an ultimatum.

According to several Russian reports, Kostitsyn said he would leave North America for the Kontinental Hockey League if the Canadiens didn’t trade him.

There’s no doubt that Sergei Kostitsyn has talent, but Gainey – a man who doesn’t bow to threats or ultimatums – has made it clear that Kostitsyn has to prove he’s willing to work and earn a spot in the NHL.

There has been a disconnect between the Canadiens and Kostitsyn ever since he was associated with a minor thug in Montreal last spring. He was sent to Hamilton, because the team wasn’t happy with his work ethic and that should have been a wakeup call heading into this year’s training camp.


33 Responses to Habs' Kostitsyn loses game of chicken with GM Gainey

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    This kid is a walking gong show.  What a crime to blow the talent he seems to have with poor decisions and a lack luster work ethic.  There's no doubt he would be playing with the Canadiens right now if he was just willing to show a little effort or hunger for it.  Instead he gives off the impression that everything should be handed to him. 

    He, followed shortly by his brother I'm sure, will be in the KHL soon. 

  2. mojo19 says:

    I don't think they would even be giving him this many chances if his brother wasn't on the team.

    Besides, from what i've seen, A.Kostitsyn is a WAY better player.

  3. HABSSTAR says:

    Yeah, bit Tits is the better player right now, but most scouts agreed that little Tits had more potential.  He still might, but he's a dink too. 

    Specially now with the KHL a lot of these mal contents try using the KHL as a sledge hammer to get their way.  Uber-douches…

  4. KingCanada says:

    Sergei Kostitsyn = POOMPS

    List of Poomps players includes =
    Alexander Radulov
    Jiri Hudler
    Jaromir Jagr

    Go home cry baby!

  5. Rico71 says:

    AK46 is the typical highly skilled russian-type player.

    Loads of talent…no heart to use it.

    SK74 is the same type…but with demands. He THINKS he is a 1-2 line player just based on some little flashes of talent.

    Russian Cry-Babies. I wish Montreal would quit on them…we have enough with Perezhogin, Emelin, Valentenko and now SK74.

    Enough already.

  6. mojo19 says:

    I have no idea what "poomps" is, but never classify a top 10 all time NHL player with Hudler, Kostitsyn and Radulov ever again, thanks.

    Jagr is a top 5 all time most talented player ever, and one of the best combo's of size and skill this world has ever seen. Also Radulov left the NHL at age 22, Hudler was 26? Jagr was 36 and left after a full NHL career. This is a typical age for players to retire, so I don't really see the relation. Lots of guys are playing in Europe in their late 30's, including guys like Straka, Mikael Renberg, Robert Reichel is still playing, etc.

  7. KingCanada says:

    hahahaha ahhh Mojo I wrote that one just for u ya know 😛

    A poomps is along the lines of between a poon and a b**ch hahaha

    I know Jagr is an amasing talent but Ive always hated the guy with his mememe attitude.  No doubt hes amasing but I still dont like him lol.

  8. DandoEagle says:

    The reason Gainey is holding on to Tits is simple.

    A Tits and S Tits to the Hawks for Buflin and a second rounder.

    Kane gets to reunite with his magic man from London, Hawks get more depth in A tits, the Habs get that big gritty banger up front to compliment Tats and form a new Bang Bros line in Mtl.

    Then the Hawks will turn around and trade Campbell to the Isles for a second rounder in 2010 – the Hawks have now cut alot of cap relief and the Isles can afford the albetrose contact of Soupys but would have some major freakin guns on the point in Soupy and Swiss chocolate Streit.

    Put Huet on waivers and send him to Springfield and the cap situation is solved, habs get a banger, Isles get a point man, The Hawks improve their depth and save $

  9. HockeyThoughts says:

    I think the Hawks Habs trade would be great for both teams.

  10. Kramer says:

    Kostitsyn spelled backwards means that someone named Nys has nice breasts.

  11. mojo19 says:

    ***** you.

    Just kidding, but ya a lot of ppl feel that way, but he was so incredible. I love him.

    Yashin would have been a better example, although he left later in his career too.

  12. mojo19 says:

    no, it means Nice tits, ok!
    Nys = nice

  13. Kramer says:

    That's even better. I should have thought of that.

  14. Kramer says:

    The Habs need two Tits.

  15. THENOTORIOUS says:

    I would hate to lose Andrei cause of Sergei departure, If Andrei played elsewhere than Montreal he would get 30+ goal easy but everybody are getting on Andrei's case because of his brother's problem and I think it would be hard to replace Andrei for the same price unless Frolov would come our way.

     I also like Sergei or I use to like him but I don't think the players in Montreal want him in the dressing room. I think that both Kostitsyns for Frolov would be fair.

     Totally off topic, I think the Habs gave Guillaume Latendresse plenty of chances, he's slow, doesn't score, doesn't pass, doesn't hit, can't play on the PK nor can he play on the PP, that's probably why he's on the 4th line.

     How about Latendresse, SK and AK for J.Staal and a 2nd rounder?

  16. KingCanada says:

    I wouldnt put Yashin in that category.  Nobody really wanted him so he didnt have a choice but to go to the KHL.

  17. reinjosh says:

    not a chance that package gets Staal
    SK has no value
    you just explained why no one would want Latendresse
    and AK is not good enough to get Staal by himself let alone with a second
    no to mention the only way Staal gets traded is if the cap goes down and your trade nullify's the reason for the trade (Salary they receive is more than Staal's)
    Pacioretty, Subban and a 2nd might get it done
    but if Im Shero
    then i'm looking for a cheap effective replacement third line center, a young cheap scoring winger (a rookie/prospect with talent like Pacioretty) and a pick at the very least.
    More than likely I would look for good defensive prospect instead of the pick
    Staal is a beast in the playoffs and that will drive his value up

  18. mojo19 says:

    Well teams did want him and he got several offers but his agent said he was being low-balled. Claiming that GM's assumed he would come at a discount since he was getting such a substantial amount in his buyout. But Yash went to Russia because they offered him more $ than any NHL team would.

  19. HABSSTAR says:

    You're right, that package won't get Staal.  But if the cap goes down, or worse for Pitts, if it's expected to go down for 2-3 years in a row then no matter what Staal's value Pittsburgh will have to face either taking less for him or looking to trade Malkin, Cindy, or Fleury.  Not every GM has gone to the Brian Burke school of negotiations. 

    So to recap: SK sucks and possibly has a mangina. 

  20. tacitus says:

    you honestly believe if a team bosted Jagr, Hudler, Radulov, Zherdev, Morozov, Yashin, Palffy, Fedorov, Viktor Kozlov, Straka, Brylin, Chistov, Stumpel, Babchuk, Zubov, Dani Markov, Semenov, Zyuzin, Ozolinsh, Tverdovsky, Gerber, Prusek, it would not make the playoffs???

  21. Kramer says:

    The N95 mask for flu prevention is a conspiracy. Read about the global money laundering scam.


  22. bbruins37 says:

    is anyone else disgusted with the preferential treatement that star nhl players get?

    artyukhin gets a 3 game suspension for slew-footing niskanen, and ovechkin just gets a slap on the wrist for the very same act

    off the top of my head i can think of 3 cases where ovechkin should have been suspended and wasnt: his brutal hit from behind on briere a few years ago, the gonchar kneeing, and the slew-foot.

    absolutely despicable

  23. bbruins37 says:

    and on top of this that idiot colin campbell's justification was

    1. niskanen was injured; peverley was not. ummm so? i dont understand why anything but the motive matters. obviously this would have me disagreeing with our law system in general, but thats another story

    2. artyukhin is a repeat offender, saying that artyukhin kneed a player last season and slew-footed another in the preseason – hmm yeah, its kind of tough for ovechkin to be a repeat offender when he gets away with everything. people always use that excuse with ovechkin: "oh its a one time thing; look at his track record". he has had too many cases like this. in my eyes ovechkin is a dirty player.

  24. mtl_prince says:

    Thats why ovechkin will win a cup with washinton, because he is a dirty player. he shouldn't get away with it, and i hope it dosnt take him causing a major injury before the league say whoa…. but at least he has the desire.

  25. THENOTORIOUS says:

     How about that Richard's hit last night, I hope the League wakes the F*ck-up and starts being equal towards all types of players, talented or not!

  26. KingCanada says:

    Ah very true, alright hes a poomps too lol.

  27. KingCanada says:

    Lol the only statement I made was that they were poomps… take the easy way out for more money.  And even at that…that team isnt that good anyways.  There mostly  too old or NHL rejects…only a couple are legit NHLers

    Yashin, Palffy, Straka, Brylin, Stumpel, Semenov, Zyuzin, Ozolinsh, Tverdovsky, Gerber, Prusek are all eigther too old or werent offered anything higher then the minimum to play in the NHL lol.

    Theres a couple decent players in that list at best, so no there not a very scary team….

  28. mojo19 says:

    tac a lot of those guys don't really fall under his definition of poomps. And also he never said they weren't good, he just doesn't like their character, so dont put words in King-Canada's mouth.

  29. mojo19 says:

    But to be fair, Artyukin JUST got warned about slew-footing about 1 month ago. If Ovechkin does it again within a month and they don't come down on him, then I will agree with you.

  30. reinjosh says:

    that hit was completely clean
    thats a classic scott stevens type hit
    player with his head down skating with the puck, gets shoulder hit hard and goes down
    its not suspend-able in the least
    its more an issue of should those hits be continued to be allowed because they cause so much damage
    personally i think that they should be allowed
    serves a player right for having his head down
    and it goes against bettman's pansification of the sport

  31. hockey_lover says:

    The only problem is that he didnt have the puck anymore. He got rid of it already.

    Having said that, the only "fault" was that Richards could have let up a little since the player had dished the puck already. But thats a nitpick.

    It was a clean hit. The player was admiring his pass instead of watching where he was going. Richards didnt leave his feet, didnt lift his elbow, didnt target his head.

    Clean hit to me.

  32. hockey_lover says:

    I actually agree with you *vomit in my mouth*  I cant believe I said those words.

    The only problem is that its not 100% true. How many times has Pronger been suspended? If you dont consider him a star player, then you are nuts.

    Im just saying .. YES, in general, the NHL turns the other cheek with star players. But to say they always do isnt true. It is annoying though, I'll give you that.

    Also, even though Im a Pens fan, that Ovie hit on Gonchar wasnt 100% dirty. I think it was borderline. Gonchar was stretching for the puck to knock it around the boards. Ovie was coming in to hit him at the same time. Ovie was coming in, Gonch moved his upper body to the left but his right leg stayed where it was. Ovie then, as a gut reaction, put his knee out to the side a bit. It was just a bad timing more than anything. Gonch shouldnt have left his knee where it was and Ovie shouldnt have moved his knee out a little. But I dont think THAT was 100% dirty.

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