Report: Habs sign forward Kostopoulos

TSN’s sister station in Quebec RDS reports that the Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Tom Kostopoulos to a two-year contract worth $900,000 a season.

45 Responses to Report: Habs sign forward Kostopoulos

  1. habs_forever says:

    Damn, I already had Smolinski's name put on my Habs jersey.

  2. loco42 says:

    Here comes our superstar!!!!!

    Seriously, give this spot to a rookie instead. Depth signing, that is all, I hope.

  3. 29teamsrock says:

    Well at least he's Canadian, 6 footer 200 lbs right winger. I hope he dosen't bring his "center of the universe" mentality to the team.

  4. loco42 says:

    hahaha, lol. nice one. I’ll put Kostopoulos on mine.

  5. 24_cups_and_counting says:


  6. habs_forever says:

    It's Gainey's new and improved method of signing UFA players…it's called "desperation".

  7. the_word says:

    Just give Gainey executive of the year now, he steals the headlines three days in a row. 

  8. Komic-J says:

    This is exactly the type of move Gainey should have done…before !!! When it became obvious that Brière and Smyth were going to sign somewhere else, he should have filled his line-up with a bunch of regular NHL-player (ala Kostopoulos), keep his money, hope our young gun can do the job, and try again next year. That's why I don't like Hamrlik signing…

    Gainey said he was in his Top-3, I'll never belive that. Souray was number one, there's no way Rafalski wasn't in his Top-3…and I could list about 5 other d-men ahead of Hamrlik (Hannan, Markov, Stuart, Preissing, etc…)

    You need a quick fix on defense ?!? Just sign Stephane Robidas for 2 seasons. Should come to you at a very low pricetag, local boy, and lots of experience playing in a good system. Hamrlik is a waste of money…Smolinski and Kostopoulos aren't, the risk is pretty minimal, and they'll be gone before you know it. Cheap acquisition to fill some holes until next year.

  9. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    poor mans Mike Johnson. still good signing. good 3rd/4th liner type player.

  10. jpmac says:

    i agree 100%

  11. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    I don't know much about him, so I can't comment.

    I can't wait to hear Bob Cole try to pronounce his name.

    I wish Montreal fans would stop harping on Hamrlik, the guy is good..he's a playmaking defenseman who can consistently get 40 points, and is responsible in his own end. which is more then we can say about Souray, who won't repeat this years performance.

    If they hadn't signed Hamrlik, he would be on the list of guys Montreal fans would say Mr Gainey should have signed.

    Poor My Gainey, damned if you do damned if you don't.

    If he had signed Briere, everyone would complain that he was overpaid for two long, but because they didn't get him, you complain.

    it's not surprising no one wants to play in Montreal.

  12. the_word says:

    can't argue that logic

  13. habs_forever says:

    I think you will find many Habs fans aren't upset at the fact that they signed Hamrlik but the amount they signed him for.

  14. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    *too long

    And I said 40 points, but it's more like 30some, I was rounding off..sorry for the mistake.

    Plus, he has to stay healthy.

    But i still think he's a good signing.

  15. PointMeAtTheSky says:

    Oh, possibly.

    But it's free agency, everyone seems to overpay.

    I believe in building from within definitely, so that's a good point, the money being spent, and the length of the contract. i could see it from that point of view.

    However, Montreal has some good young prospects, and Hamrlik is an experienced high calibre defenseman(not the highest calibre but still consistently good) who can show them the ropes along with Markov.

    Wasn't the deal for four years? I guess 2 years might've made more sense.

  16. Komic-J says:

    Most of us didn't want Souray back…not at the price he's asking for anyway. And it's for the exact same reason that we don't like the Harmlik singning.

    We do give Gainey some credit…he did the best he could to get Brière, although I'm happy he chose to sign somewhere else. But, as good as Hamrlik is, we didn't need to pay that much for a quick fix on defense. There were cheapper solution available, and Gainey only signed him so that a "big name" would be making his way to Montreal…that's a publicity stunt, nothing more, nothing less…

  17. PointMeAtTheSky says:


     I can see that point, for sure.

     But I still think Hamrlik could be valuable. To help combat the loss of Souray, and to help  the younger players get used to the NHL, however, a shorter deal would've made more sense.


  18. habs_punk says:

    I don't know why everyone is calling Hamrlik a "quick fix" or "bandaid", he will significantly help this team improve at even strength. He is a very solid defensive player. If he's just a quick fix, it implies there's someone we're waiting for to take his place. I'm not completely sold that any of the young defensemen will be top 2 material even by the time Hamrlik's contract runs out. Komisarek might, Emelin might, but that's about it. I don't see Cote or O'Byrne being better than a second pairing. Fischer and McDonagh will both take awhile to develop. We needed a guy that can log minutes and play responsibly in his own end. Souray wasn't that guy, we didn't get Rafalski, some people like other guys more than Hamrlik, but if you look at his stats, he was easily one of the top defensemen available. If we didn't sign him, Komisarek would have been our number 2 defenseman and we would have seen a whole lot more of Dandenault and Bouillon this season.

  19. PointMeAtTheSky says:


     I don't know, it's always hard to say with prospects, what they'll amount to, I have faith that at least some of them can be top pairing defensemen eventually.

     But i agree with Hamrlik can be more of a band-aid, because if he was, he would have been signed for 1 or 2 years.

     He's definitely more complete then Souray, and should do nicely to improve the team.

  20. passionch says:

    Not a big deal.

  21. mtl_prince says:

    extra extra, why? i'd rather see some kid from hamilton play half as bad and get experience then him. not a bad payday thou. 900,000$ a year, i wont even make that in my whole lifetime!!!

  22. Komic-J says:

    I'm not calling Hamrlik a quick fix…Hamrlik is an established veteran. But at that price, I think Gainey should've signed a quick fix instead.

    I talked about this before, but I just think we spent a lot of pick on our defense since 2003. If none of them are ready to step up by year 3 of Hamrlik's contract, then the signing was good, but someone clearly failed in the draft. If one or two prospects are good enough to be our second pair, then the draft was good, but the signing was a bad call, because Hamrlik will become a very expensive 5th-6th defensemen.
    So basically, it "kinda" comes down to this; either Gainey screwed up, or Timmins did. And right now, I have more faith in Timmins than I have in Gainey.

  23. kamullia says:

    For all those not familiar with Tom Kostopoulos, if he had 1/4 of the abilities as much as he has heart, he would be a superstar. Unfortunately, he just does not have the abilities.

    Kostopoulos came from the Pittsburgh Penguins farm system, and was the Captain of their AHL franchise, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He got a call up during those years when the Penguins had hardly anyone of matter in their roster, and has not left the NHL since. He ended up being released (and quickly signed by Los Angeles) as the Pens made room for their plethora of upcoming prospects into their NHL roster, most of whom were taught more than a thing or two by Tom Kostopoulos. In Los Angeles, he continued his trend of hard-work, never letting up on any shift.

    What you have in Kostopoulos is a very intelligent player that always shows up for work, playing every shift like it’s his last, reads the plays extremely well, and one that frequently, thanks to his hard work, gets either unexpected goals or creates the opportunity for a teammate in his line. When all is lost, and your team is down 3 goals with 5 minutes left, Kostopoulos is playing like it is a playoff overtime game, looking for a way to get his team ahead, while not letting the others score.

    I guess the important thing is that Habs fans will never complain Kostopoulos did not do as much as possible under his abilities in any game. Simply put, Kostopoulos has as much heart (if not more) as Ryan Smyth. He just does not have the size nor abilities.

  24. habs_punk says:

    The problem is, Montreal's top end defense prospects are in the American college system. They will take longer to develop or take longer to make the transition to Montreal than players coming out of the CHL. I think that Montreal has a few guys that might be ready to play on the second pairing in a relatively short amount of time, but the guys that have potential to be first or second defensemen are the guys in the States. The Hamrlik contract should take Montreal at least to the point where these guys are progressing to being close to taking his place.

  25. Komic-J says:

    Yeah, I know that…

    Both Fischer and McDonagh will probably be ready in 3-4 years, which would make Harmlik’s contract okay. However, it’s the guys before them that I’m talking about. Ryan O’Byrne, who was a long-time project, is finally coming along, Côté and Yemelin are both NHL-ready according to lots of NHL scouts, and Carle should be ready in about 2-3 seasons. And, Savard and Timmins spent 42% of our picks on defensemen since 2003…

    Plus, I’m not even talking about the first pair of defense there, those spots are already filled with Markov and Komisarek. So unless Gainey finds a way to trade Dandenault and/or Bouillon, I think we would’ve been just okay with a cheap verteran signing for two years, and then give the spot to our younger guys.

  26. Komic-J says:

    And that, my friend, is exactly why I'm happy with the signing…
    …also why Smyth would've been my priority in Montreal, not Brière.

  27. gregpb says:

    The Habs are going to be in the middle of a shit storm this year lol. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. They are in trouble.

  28. Lazarus says:

    As a Kings fan, I can honestly say that Kostopoulos will be dearly missed by the fans. As Kamullia said, he is all heart, gives 110% every shift, is very solid defensively (led the miserable Kings in plus/minus last year at one point) and will stick up for his teammates. He is willing to drop the gloves with anyone no matter how big and how bad he will lose. The guy is all heart, and for $900k is worth every penny of it for that reason alone. In five months all you Hab fans will be falling in love with the guy as we did here in LA, his abilities are very easily replaced but his heart and attitude on and off the ice will be sorely missed.

  29. loco42 says:

    From what I red about him, he looks like a Begin type player. Him, Lapierre and Begin, that could be a great energy, in your face type line.

  30. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    These types of posts do nothing more than take up space and waste everyone's time.  Unless you are coherently able to back up your statements with facts, your opinion means absolutely NOTHING.  It's frustrating to come on these sites only to read people babbling about how such and such team will suck, or how such and such player will suck, or how such and such fans suck…Seldom does anyone intelligently explain their position in a well-thought out and objective manner. 

  31. bleedingblu says:

    Tom "The Greek Streak" Kostopoulos

  32. ferron says:

        this aquisition means a trade's is defenitely comming soon, the Habs have too many roster and so as the Bulldogs, after getting Kosto it looks like this.




       With guys like Valentenko, S.Kostitsyn ect comming to AHL some guys(Chipchura, O'Byrne and Grabs) will get push up to the BIG Club, Locke and Danis also don't have the desire to play another year in AHL, they will ask for a shot or a trade. Therefor Montreal have over the roster needed and so does the Bulldogs, we will see a trade soon after the beginning of this upcomming season!

  33. ferron says:

    ten best things that hapenned to and in  Montreal in last twenty years.

    1.Patrick Roy (do i need to explain)
    2.Chris Chelios
    3.Mathieux Shneider
    4.Kirk Muller
    5.Vinny Damphoust
    6.Mats Naslund
    7.Jaques Demers
    8.Eric Desjardins
    9.Pat Burns
    10.Savard( the GM)

    And the worst things

    10.Stephane Quintal

  34. AHLoldie says:

    All of what Kamullia says is right on the money.  The only thing I will disagree with is the amount of money involved.  Tom Kostopoulos is not worth anywhere near $900,000. 

  35. CedrickRozon says:

    Care to explain to me how a guy that was scoring 25-30 goals for us (Zednik) and a guy who always gave his all for the team and was NOT a defensive liability (Quintal) end up on your top 10 of the worst things that ever happened in Montreal

    we've had a truckload of larger disapointments than the ones you list, or are you 14 years old?!?!

  36. CedrickRozon says:

    I also cant help but notice that your top 10 WORST of the last TWENTY years all happened in the last TWO! missing a zero there

    but anyway, thanks for making an idiot of yourself, you make everybody else feel better

  37. jody200411 says:

    Let me stat by sayig I hate the damn CRABS! And the laffs for that matter

    BUT you crab fans are turning my stomach.

    You are rated #2 in JUNIOR prospects.
    Technically your #1 in the AHL prospects.

    What more do you want? Your makin me sick really. You guys have a future than most teams can only dream of. Why do you think the Laff fans are giving you hard time at UFA day? There jealous. And so am I, and so is every other NHL fan except for the ducks pens and kings fans. wow i cant believe how you guys react.

    You talk about your defense like it is shit. just think about it


    After the way Komi progressed last season, he is ready to be a top 2 guy. And if he isn't #2, then is one of the best damn #3s in the league. I saw him play in Ottawa twice this year and hes a force.
    You know what your going to get from Markov. Most underated D-man in NHL.
    Then you got Hamrlik who is great D-man. who cares about the 5.5 million. He was offered the same by 4 other teams but wanted to stay in Canada.

    Dandenault isnt that great.

    But Boullion was injured last year. If he can play the way he played 2 years ago, and O'Byrne can play the way he did in AHL, you guys will be VERY tough next year.

    Geesh, 3 VERY solid D-men, and possibly 4 or 5…. Now you guys complain.

    And im not even gonna start with your goalies. You have 2 SICK goalie prospects not to mention Huet might get back to form as well.

    So stop the whining and *****ing!! If you dont like your team,give it to me. I'll gladly take it, especially your prospects. I just have to get rid of that CRABS symbol. 

    if you dont think your team will make the playoffs next year, your dumb and dont know hockey. You finished what, 1 poit out last year? With a team full of youngsters.
    Use commonsense for a second, one more year under there belt and the young players will be better.

    While everyone complains the your CRABS did nothing his summer yet, you actually improved more than any other Northeast team.
    Ever hear of ADDITION by SUBTRACTION????? Sheldon "skate by me" Souray is replaced with Hamrlik, and that cancer Samsonov is gone. AND YOUR YOUNG PLAYERS ARE OLDER!!!!!

    I cant believe the fans in montreal really. It sickens me to see a team with such a bright management and future, and its not good enough for them!!!! What do you want???? I bet most CRAB fans are willing to give up there whole AHL team for Marleau or LeCavier. You guys are crazy.

    The fans makes me hate the CRABS even more. I cant believe it…

    Although, Id LOVE to see you miss the playoffs for a 2nd straight year and see all the fans whining and crying in Montreal. hah haha haha… But i just cant see it happening.

    Now the Laffs on the other hand… ha ha ha… How bright is MLSE and JFJ ahahha…. Risking the future agian for a 10th-7th place finish….

  38. Komic-J says:

    Now, wait a minute !!!

    Did you hear ONE fan in Montreal complaining about our prospects ?!? Geezzz…of course not, right now, it's pretty much the only thing we have to be proud of. We are pretty aware that we have good young talents, and sometimes, we even overestimate them…

    But, just like any other fans, of any other teams, we do have some reasons to complain. The Canadiens finished the year 15th in the league in goals, but 28th at even strenght. Addition by substraction is all good, but now that Souray's gone (and believe me, I'm happy) we do have some questions about our offense. I mean, if we can't score more goals five on five, we're basically screwed since there's no way our Powerplay will be that good this year.

    Now, I agree…our your players will be a year older. But you also gotta keep in mind that most of them have only played a season. Second season is always tough (for some unknown reasons). Latendresse, Lapierre, Kostitsyn, Grabovski, Chipchura, Maxwell, White, Yemelin, O'Byrne, etc…that's all good, but most of them aren't quite ready to be impact players for the team yet. And that's why we aren't so thrilled about THIS year. It doesn't mean we don't have any faith in the future.

  39. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    Well, we HABS fans appreciate your vote of confidence regarding our team and our prospects.  It's certainly refreshing to hear from other teams' fans especially if it's (mostly) positive. 

    I also tend to believe that the HABS have just enough to squeak by and get a playoff berth this coming spring, IF we stay relatively healthy.  The kids will be a year older and several could crack the lineup in the fall, BUT, you can't have too many rookies on a relatively young team.  There has to be a balance and it will be up to Carbo to the right mix.

    By the way, you didn't mention which team you root for, or was that by design?  Also, why all the anger?  Stay calm, you'll live longer.

  40. habsoverserver says:

    another bob "i love third line forwards, because i was one" gainey special. 

  41. ferron says:

       Thanks for the hard work Bob and we love the fire power you brought to this team the past three years Aebiescher, Niinimaa, Salmeilen, Samsonov, Hamrlik, Kostspoulos, Smolinski, thanks for telling Timmins to draft 11 deffensemen in 2 years it's OK we don't need guys like Esposito or Cherepanov, we already have plenty of talented offensive fowards? And last but not least for are great coach "Guy Carboneau" thanks Bob thanks, how can Habs fans ever repay you?

  42. dog_farts says:

    Damn, I was gonna ask "Who?"
    I've never heard of him either.  You have wonder how effort the G.M.'s put into researching these bums.

  43. habsoverserver says:

    since a defenseman was our top scorer, drafting defensemen is bob's way of adding firepower. 

  44. gregpb says:

    Ok then. Here goes. Let's take a look at the fantastic acquisitions the Habs have made. Let it be known that I love to see all Canadian teams do well and make the playoffs. 

    Hamrlik is a poor man's Souray and that isn't saying much. Cullimore is decent at best. Kosotoplous is a filler. Bryan Smolinski is just plain and simply awful. So the Habs who did not make the playoffs last year , basically got worst. I honestly hope they pull something off to get back to respectability. Hence why I posted the Habs are in a shit storm. Love to see them do well, but they are destined for another lottery pick.

  45. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    I respect your opinion, but, with all due respect, what makes you think that Hamrlik is "a poor man's Souray"?  Granted, the Flames are defensively better than the Habs, but we're getting a player who is MUCH better in his own zone (+22 I believe, instead of Souray's abominable -29).  We'll miss Souray's slapshot on the powerplay, but we'll be a lot better 5-5, an area where we were atrocious. 
    In case you haven't been keeping track, Culimore's contract was bought out as soon as the trade was made, so he's not even a concern.
    Many Kings' fans posted their opinion of Tom Kostopoulos, who is an energy player, and it's all been positive.  Limited skills, but leaves it all on the ice every shift.  Gainey's hoping to instill a good work ethics for the likes of Kovalev and the young guns that will crack the lineup this year.  Every team has at least 2 of this type of player.
    Bryan Smolinski is a responsible 2-way player who will replace Johnson (127 career goals) but with a marked improvement in goalscoring (266 career goals), so how can you justify calling him "just plain awful"?
    So, to summerize, Montreal will not be mistaken for a contender, except maybe by unrealistic fans, but to say that they are destined for another lottery pick is just as unrealistic. 

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