NHL Trade Deadline: Kostitsyn Brothers Reunited in Nashville

Mark FischerContributor IIOctober 15, 2016

MONTREAL, CANADA - JANUARY 10:  Andrei Kostitsyn #46 of the Montreal Canadiens skates during the warm up period prior to facing the St-Louis Blues in their NHL game at the Bell Centre on October 19, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Blues defeated the Canadiens 3-0.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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 The NHL Trade Deadline frenzy has begun.

The Nashville Predators, whose window of opportunity may be closing with the expiring contracts of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, have acquired 27-year-old Andrei Kostitsyn from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2013 and the conditional fifth-round draft pick, which was originally sent to the Predators in the Hal Gill transaction, per NHL.com

Mama Kostitsyn must be having a field day.

For better or for worse, her two sons, Andrei and Sergei, will be dawning the same sweater for the second time in their careers—they previously did so in Montreal from 2007 to 2010.

In Andrei Kostitsyn, the Predators receive a three-time 20-goal scorer who will add offensive depth to a team currently ranked 10th in goals for.

Though Andrei Kostitsyn has struggled for the Canadiens this season—let's be real, so has everyone else on that mediocre roster—perhaps being reunited with his brother can spark his production.

On the other side of the spectrum, Sergei Kostitsyn has put up respectable numbers this year, registering 35 points in 56 games.

While at first glance, the price paid for Andre Kostitsyn seems relatively low, still consider this trade a hefty gamble by Predators general manager, David Poile.

Once accused of being linked to organized crimes, the Kostitsyn brothers clearly didn't cope well with the off-ice distractions in Montreal, which ultimately led to Sergei being dealt to Nashville back in 2010.

Perhaps the Kostitsyn brothers have grown up? Or will their haunted past rear its ugly head in Nashville, potentially creating abysmal conflicts for the Predators come playoff time?