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Nashville Predators Acquire Andrei Kostitsyn and Paul Gaustad Before NHL Trading Deadline: Local Fan’s Take
#Habs AK46 last Thurs: "Don't want to go to Nashville." If he goes, he'll obviously say he's always wanted to be in Nashville
That was a tweet from Montreal Gazette sports columnist Dave Stubbs following the announcement that the Nashville Predators had acquired Andrei Kostitsyn from the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens will receive a second-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft and the conditional fifth-round pick that they had previously surrendered to Nashville a few weeks ago in the Hal Gill trade.
(Andrei) Kostitsyn is a left winger who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2012. The Predators are hoping that he can evolve into a top-line scoring threat. While he only has 12 goals and 12 assists in 53 games this season, he showed some potential when he scored 26 goals and 27 assists as a 23-year-old during the 2007-08 season. Andrei also has playoff experience as he has 19 points and two power-play goals in 41 career playoff games.
The Predators and Canadiens have been loyal trade partners since 2010. The Predators acquired 24-year-old left winger Sergei Kostitsyn from the Canadiens in July of 2010. Sergei and Andrei are brothers who had previously been teammates in Montreal from 2007 through 2010.
Who got the better deal? Chris Johnston, lead hockey writer for the Canadian Press, combined the two most recent deals between the Predators and Canadiens.
The Predators have also reportedly acquired center Paul Gaustad and a fourth-round pick from the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres will receive the Predators' first-round pick in 2012. The 30-year-old Gaustad has seven goals and 10 assists in 56 games this season. While Gaustad isn't a great scorer, he's very reliable with faceoffs, killing penalties and blocking shots. At 6-4 and 229-pounds, Gaustad will give the Predators another big-bodied player who should help them against players like Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks.
The Predators are throwing all their chips in for a Stanley Cup run in 2012. The Predators have now added Gill, (Andrei) Kostitsyn and Gaustad. They also traded Jerred Smithson to the Florida Panthers for a sixth-round pick. While they might've overpaid for Gaustad, I'm still enjoying the aggressive approach. They didn't even have to surrender any of their top prospects (Ryan Ellis).
The Predators have added scoring. They've added defense. They've added big bodies. They've added players who excel on power plays and faceoffs. They've added playoff experience. They've also shown Shea Weber and Ryan Suter that they're serious about building a Stanley Cup contender in Nashville.
I like it. I just hope that Gaustad will at least be a 1.5-year rental. A first-round pick for him as a .5-year rental is pretty steep.
Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs and Nashville Predators. He also follows the Tennessee Titans, his favorite AFC team.
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