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.