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Former Hab Andrei Kostitsyn Wants NHL Comeback

Former Habs' Andrei Kostitsyn

Former NHLer Andrei Kostitsyn is looking to come back to the NHL after spending the last four campaigns in the KHL with Chelyabinsk Traktor and Sochi HC. During his stay in Russia, the oldest Kostitsyn brother potting 39 goals and 48 assists for 87 points in 148 games, or a production of 0.56 point-per-game.

The 30-year-old winger enjoyed moderate success with the Canadiens prior to returning to his roots, recording 103 goals and 119 helpers for 222 points in 398 games with the Habs and the Nashville Predators.

Drafted 10th overall by the Canadiens in the 2003 NHL Draft, the Russian tank had a career-high 53 points (26 goals) with the Bleu Blanc Rouge in 2007-08, recording three 20-goal seasons during his NHL career. From 2007-12, Kostitsyn had an even-strength points per 60 of 1.83.

The Belarusian forward could certainly be an interesting option for Michel Therrien and Marc Bergevin who are looking to add an affordable goal scorer on the wing. A motivated AK46 could be an excellent short-term solution for the organization to give to prospects such as Michael McCarron and Nikita Scherbak to learn the ropes in the NHL.

The 6’0”, 205-lb winger can certainly handle his own on North American ice and excellent shot and quick stride would probably allow him to make a smooth return to the NHL. Making around $3 million in the KHL in recent years, Kostitsyn will certainly be looking for a similar deal with an NHL team.

Despite his documented antics off the ice, Kostitsyn is certainly a better hockey player than Devante Smith-Pelly, Brandon Prust, Travis Moen and Brian Flynn…

There will certainly be a team that will offer him a one-year deal over $2 million, but will this team be the Montreal Canadiens?

Low-risk, high-reward decision!

Stay tuned!

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