Will Habs lose Andrei Kostitsyn to Russian league's AK Bars Next year?

Dominic PampalonAnalyst IMay 2, 2008

AK Bars' owners from the Russian league is likely to offer Canadiens' Andrei Kostitsyn a 4M per year contract to join the Russian team.

According to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, the offer that could be made to the senior Kostitsyn, was subject to numerous discussions during the last under 18-years-old world hockey championship that took place in April in the city of Kazan.

Kostitsyn is becoming RFA (Restricted Free Agent) at the conclusion of the current season. This year, he earns a salary of $612,000.

The wealthy AK Bars' owners also control professional basketball teams, volleyball teams as well as a luxurious sports complex. This sports complex includes an arena and a volleyball court that can hold 8000 spectators.

The players are also greatly spoiled by the owners for having 36 country houses to their disposition.

All Habs fans hope Andrei (Kostitsyn) will decline the offer to remain a Montreal Canadien.