Andrei Kostitsyn of the Montreal Canadiens was quoted on a Belarusian sports website ‘Goals.by’ that “My relationship with the coach is not too good.” Kostitsyn has struggled the last few years with inconsistent play, and has not really been the same player since his brother Sergei was traded from the Montreal Canadiens last year after coach Jacques Martin questioned his work ethic and shipped him down to the minors. He was traded later that year to Nashville for Dustin Boyd and Dan Ellis. Andrei managed to stick around with the club, but struggled to play at a top level, and was demoted to the 3rd and 4th line.
“It wasn’t me who started to play badly,” Kostitsyn explained to Goals.by. “It’s just that I was being put into (the) third and fourth line…I’ve tried talking to (Jacques Martin) more than once. But he doesn’t care.”
Well that’s a great sign. Things sure are peachy between the two it seems doesn’t it? Maybe this is something that should have been worked out BEFORE signing a one year deal back in June. When asked by Goals.by if it would be better to switch teams, the elder Kostitsyn replied, “I am not thinking about it for now. My agent’s advice is to play hockey.”
Stunning advice from his agent. Play hockey. That’s deep stuff there, really inspirational!
One thing is for sure, this saga is not over yet.
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