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After morning skate on Monday, Predators forward Sergei Kostitsyn said to the approaching media “anything happen,” with a smile on his face.
Kostitsyn was referring to the Predators acquisition of his brother Andrei from Montreal. The Predators sent their 2013 second round draft pick as well as the fifth round pick Nashville was sent as part of the Hal Gill trade.
When Sergei went out on the ice for Nashville’s morning skate, the trade was not yet official. By time he got to the locker room, the deal had been made so Sergei had yet to talk to his older brother. “I’m going to talk to him right now,” he said after morning skate.
“I’m really excited that Nashville brought him here. I hope he is going to like it,” Sergei said.
The 24-year old had heard rumors that his older brother might be traded to Nashville and Sergei did confirm that the organization had asked him his opinion on the potential trade.
The brothers have played a bit together in Montreal. “He was my right side. It doesn’t matter for him, left or right.”
But Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz says he has no intention of breaking up his top line with the younger Kostitsyn, Mike Fisher and Martin Erat. “No. It didn’t even cross my mind. I wouldn’t break up the top line. I told Sergei, don’t worry about your brother coming in and playing in your spot,” Trotz said.
Trotz also confirmed that he is not sure exactly where Andrei will fit in. “I have to meet the player first and go from there. He will fit on the team.”
“In the playoffs, he has really good stats. He is a bigger body with more experience. He may be the most skilled guy who gets moved today.That’s a good add for us,” Trotz said, adding “The strength of our groups is all that matters and we just added a pretty dynamic player to our roster without giving up much more than a draft pick. We got deeper, we added a bit of weight and we got a little bit older. It worked out with Sergei and we are hoping it will work out with Andrei as well.”
Known as a 20-goal scorer, so far this season, Andrei only has 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points. Sergei thinks the change in scenery will get his brother going. “He is going to come here and probably play more than in Montreal. I think he is going to be more happy here and his production will probably go up. I think he is going to help our team a lot. He can score goals. He has a good shot. I think he is going to be good for us,” he said.
Andrei will join the team in Carolina on Tuesday.
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