We all heard about the rumours regarding Andrei Kostitsyn moving to Russia for next season. With the birth of the Continental League, it has been said that the famous organization Kazan Ak Bars wanted to offer a $4 million contract to the young talented player.
Isn't it like a thousand times what he currently earns with the Habs? Just kidding. Actually, he is paid around $ 800,000.
Breathe in, breathe out; it seems he is not going to be another Alexander Perezhogin.
Sergei's old brother started by denying all rumours that he has been approached by the Russian team after the season.
Now, his agent, Don Meehan, finally spread the word through an interview with the Journal de Montreal.
"His intention is to continue his career in Montreal, where he enjoys himself. He wants to play with the Canadiens."
That is a big relief for the Canadiens organization.
Playing with Alexei Kovalev and Tomas Plekanec most of the season, A.Kostitsyn, 23, has become an important asset for the Habs. The "Three Amigos", led by Kovalev, established themselves as the official first line of the team.
Recall that Kostitsyn made a few trips back and forth between Hamilton and Montreal back then (who didn't?).
In 12 games with the Habs, he got three points and was re-assigned to the farm team in 2005-2006.
Last year, he has been recalled for the last two months of the season, after getting an amazing record of 52 points in 50 games with the Bulldogs. In Montreal, he got 11 points in 22 games.
He and Maxim Lapierre rejoined the Hamilton Bulldogs last year for the Calder Cup run, after the end of Montreal's season.
In 2007-08, Andrei had a slow start with the Habs. With only 11 points in 26 games, he had to watch a few games from the press box now and then. But since his brother has been called from Hamilton, the AK-46 made 42 points in 52 games.
The two Kostitsyn are the 13th duo of brothers to play for the Canadiens. The last one was back in 1990-91 with Stephan and Patrick Lebeau.
Kostitsyn is part of the youth makeover of the team, participating this year in his first playoffs series in the NHL.
Kostitsyn plans on bringing his wife and baby girl to Canada next season.
This is one great piece of news. For once, we can actually look at the Habs as a team with real potential. It is definitely not the time to see the youngsters go one after the other, especially since there are still a lot of people discussing Bob Gainey's abilities in signing big guys to the team.
Montreal has $13 million in the bank for this off-season. We'll see how the GM will manage.