Five Players Which the Habs Should Trade Andrei Kostitsyn For
The Montreal Canadiens had high hopes for Belorussian prospect Andrei Kostitsyn when they drafted him 11th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry draft, in front of future superstars Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Brent Seabrook, Dustin Brown, Zach Parise, Ryan Kesler, Brent Burns. They thought that despite his health problems (which have since gone away - at least we think), Kostitsyn was the most skilled forward available and was worth the gamble.
We're not even going to comment on that any further; Andrei is all but done in Montreal and is causing more harm than good at this point, at least in my mind.
He takes precious ice time away from more deserving forwards on the team; turns the puck over more time than Gomez misses open nets and is on pace for another highly underachieving season. His streakiness rivals even Phil Kessel's and when he's not scoring, he's not doing much of anything else. He's a RFA at the end of the year and is bound to make even more money even though he obviously doesn't deserve it.
Let us take a moment to mourn the loss of another first round pick and wish him good luck somewhere else. Here are 5 players I would gladly trade him for.
1. Joffrey Lupul - 4.25M (17GP 4G 4A)
Ducks' GM Bob Murray seems to be on Gauthier's FAV5 as both Lapierre and Chipchura were recently traded to Orange County. Lupul is another underachieving, injury-prone winger but would be a good fit on a line with Cammy and Plekanec. He's Canadian and has shown he can score goals consistently. I think one of the big issues with Andrei is that he doesn't communicate with his teammates all that well, since he doesn't seem to speak much english. Having a fellow english-speaker on that line would be a better fit.
2. Brad Boyes - 4M (41GP 9G 14A)
The Blues are sitting 3 points out of a playoffs spot in the West and from the looks of it will either barely make it in or not at all. Boyes is a former 40 goal scorer who's been hot and cold in recent years, but it's hard to blossom offensively on a defensive team like the St-Louis Blues. A trip on the Cammy-Pleks line could change all that for Boyes.
3. Patric Hornqvist - 3.03M (39GP 13G 10A)
Hornqvist is having a decent season for the Preds considering he's the 2nd scoring leader on the team behind Shea Weber. He hit the 30 goal mark last year and is a hard worker. The trade would also reunite the K brothers together; everybody wins.
4. RJ Umberger - 3.75M (43GP 14G 15A)
Umberger is a power-forward who did irreparable damage to the Habs a few seasons back in the playoffs. The Blue Jackets aren't going anywhere (again), so they may be willing to wheel and deal and take a chance on Andrei.
5. Devin Setoguchi (35GP 7G 5A)
Other players or picks would obviously have to come the Habs way (Seto is having a horrible season and is RFA at the end of the year) but Devin seems like the kind of player who could benefit from a change of scenery. Is he another Johnny Cheechoo? Time will tell, but he's only 24.