Predators start last day of dealing with addition of a familiar name

Monday, February 27, 2012 at 10:59am

The National Hockey League’s trade deadline day turned into a family reunion, courtesy of the Nashville Predators.

General manager David Poile traded two 2013 draft picks (second round and a conditional fifth round choice) for forward Andrei Kostitsyn, the older brother of Segei Kostitsyn, Nashville’s leading goal scorer last season, according to reports.

Andrei Kostitsyn, 27, has 99 career goals and 210 points in 379 games, all with the Montreal Canadiens, where he previously played alongside his brother for three seasons. He has 12 goals and 12 assists in 53 appearances this season.

The elder Kostitsyn, the 10th overall pick in 2003, is in the final year of a contract that pays him $3.2 million this season and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in July. That makes him the third highest-paid forward on the roster at the moment.

Teams have until 2 p.m. (CST) today to complete trades.

Nashville hosts the Los Angeles Kings, 7 p.m. Monday. The newest Kostistsyn will join the team Tuesday at Carolina, where they play the Hurricanes that night.

3 Comments on this post:

By: WickedTribe on 2/27/12 at 10:57

It sure would be exciting if we can keep Andrei after this season and form a line of brothers to rival Vancouver's Sedins.

By: JeffF on 2/27/12 at 11:35

Great pickup by the team. I was not expecting this one, but maybe I should. The pickup of the draft pick the other day probably set this up. This team could explode is Radulov makes himself available again.

By: Jughead on 2/27/12 at 1:03

Mario and Luigi on ice! Add Reptar and you'll have a hat trick.