It’s time to see what Sergei Kostitsyn can bring to the table.
After being banished to Hamilton and the American Hockey League Bulldogs for the past dozen games (which included a stint on the sidelines as a result of injury problems), it’s time for the Montreal Canadiens to give Sergei Kostitsyn another shot at the big time.
Seriously. What do they have to lose?
At a time when the Habs can not find the back of the net, having been shut out in two of their last three games, what harm would it do to call Sergei up from the ‘Dogs in time for tomorrow night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes? Whether or not you think Sergei has a long-term future with this team, is not the point. Sergei Kostitsyn is currently a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization. Period. Regardless of what you think of his conduct at times (can you say “spoiled brat?”) the Habs still have him on the payroll.
And at this point, if you’re going to pay him, you might as well play him. ESPECIALLY with the way this team has been struggling to score goals.
Say what you want about Sergei Kostitsyn, we’ve seen the young man put the puck in the net at the NHL level. Yes, we’ve also seen him dog it at the NHL level: as was the case in the opening days of training camp this season. But goodness gracious, at a time when the Canadiens can not buy a goal, why not reach out to one of the most promising offensive talents in this organization, and give him another shot.
What do you have to lose????
Seriously. At a time when Maxime Lapierre, Guillaume Latendresse, Max Pacioiretty, Matt D’Agostini, Andrei Kosttisyn (!) and Scott Gomez (!!!) have combined for a grand total of eight goals, WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE?!?!
There is also the possibility that Sergei’s return to Montreal could light a fire under brother Andrei’s butt. We’ve seen it before. We saw it two years ago, when the Canadiens first called up Sergei from the Hamilton Bulldogs at a time when Andrei was still searching to find his game. Well, with Sergei in the lineup, Andrei found it. And the Canadiens also found out that Sergei could also play this game.
Then again, it could also go the other way. Last season the Habs recalled Sergei from Hamilton late in the season at a time when Andrei was faltering, and the move paid zero dividends. Sergei failed to help a floundering Habs’ team, and Andrei continued to put in a lacklustre effort.
That was then. This is now. What do the Canadiens think of Sergei’s progress down on the farm? Well, take a look at this Nov. 11th Bulldog Report as found on the canadiens.com web site:
“Should certain trends continue, No. 74 could find himself in the running for the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award, given annually to the player best exemplifying sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey. Prior to last night’s game with the Rochester Americans, Kostitsyn had yet to serve a single penalty, his high level of intensity never once compromised from a lazy play or being caught out of position.”
That’s all fine and dandy. But the Montreal Canadiens don’t need Sergei Kostitsyn to be in the running for the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award for his sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey. They need him to be in the running for a spot on the Habs’ two two lines.
In addition, that entry was made before Kostitsyn picked up two assists in Hamilton’s 5-1 win over Syracuse on Saturday night. Kostitsyn currently has three goals and six assists in 12 games with the Bulldogs. Granted, those are numbers that aren’t going to win you many scoring titles. But with Sergei Kostitsyn, it’s always been about more than just goals and assists. It’s all about attitude. And if the young man has found himself in Hamilton, it’s about time that he find himself back in Montreal.