Andrei Kostitsyn Dealt from Montreal to Nashville on NHL Trade Deadline Day

Scott WeldonCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2012

MONTREAL, CANADA - FEBRUARY 4:  Andrei Kostitsyn #46 of the Montreal Canadiens strips the puck from Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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On a trade deadline day where the emphasis has been on the dead, the Montreal Canadiens managed to move a second unrestricted free agent.

Montreal traded winger Andrei Kostitsyn to the Nashville Predators for Nashville's second-round pick in 2013 and the fifth-round pick they had gotten earlier from Montreal in the Hal Gill deal.

They, of course, had already given up their second-round pick this year for Gill.

Andrei Kostitsyn was one of a handful of Canadien UFA's expected to be traded before the deadline this year. In September, I suggested the most likely spot for Kostitsyn to end up was Nashville.

The most you could expect to pry loose for this rental player would be a second-round pick. So, Pierre Gauthier should be congratulated for managing to do both.

The Canadians are well served by getting a couple of draft picks for a player who had worn out his welcome in Montreal. The elder Kostitsyn brother had managed only 12 goals and 24 points in 53 games in Montreal this year. 

Andrei Kostitsyn is a talented, sniping winger. He has never surpassed 26 goals and 53 points like he managed back in 2007-08 for Montreal, but he has still scored 20 goals or more in three of his seasons in Montreal.

And, he is only 27. On top of that, he is being reunited with his brother Sergei in Nashville, who had his career best season last year (23 G 50 PTS) after making the same jump from Montreal to Nashville. 

Andrei joins a Nashville line up with a dearth of scoring wingers. He probably will get a chance in the top six and on the power play. Kostitsyn is the kind of player who isn't much good for you unless he is playing on an offensively minded line.

There is a good chance Nashville will be able to resign Andrei, if they choose to, in the off-season.

The playoff-bound Predators can use a little extra scoring come the post season. It will be interesting to see if the Belarusian brothers can provide some of that for them.