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Canadiens send F Kostitsyn to Predators for pair of picks

TSN.ca Staff

2/27/2012 12:10:49 PM

Andrei Kostitsyn is being reunited with his brother, Sergei in Nashville.

The Montreal Canadiens have sent the forward to the Predators for a second-round pick in 2013 and a conditional pick they received in the Hal Gill trade -- a fifth-round selection in the 2013 Entry Draft.

He is expected to meet the team for Tuesday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

"We've been watching him for a long time," said Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton. "He's a very high-end, top-skilled type of player. Just getting him to play when he wants to play has been the knock on him.

"We think with the insulation we have with our players that we'll be able to do that."

Kostitsyn has 12 goals and 12 assists in 53 games with the Canadiens this season.

The Novopolotsk, Belarus native had spent his entire seven season NHL career with the Canadiens scoring 99 goals and 111 assists in 379 games. The Habs drafted him 10th overall in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

He enjoyed his best offensive season in 2007-08 when he set career highs with 26 goals and 27 assists, appearing in 78 games.

The 27-year-old right winger will be an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the season and is making $3.25 Million this year.

Brother Sergei also began his NHL career with the Canadiens, being selected by the Habs in the seventh round of the 2005 Entry Draft. He was dealt to the Predators in the summer of 2010.