Defenceman Francis Bouillon and forward Sergei Kostitsyn will return to Montreal for the first time since both left town for the country-and-western climbs of Nashville, with the Canadiens playing host to the Predators tonight.
What kind of welcome will the two get?
In my mind, there’s no question that Bouillon receive, at least initially, a nice round of applause. Bouillon spent parts of eight season with the Canadiens during two stretches: his most recent coming from 2005-2006 to 2008-2009. Not a big man at 5-08, Bouillon, nonetheless, played big, and he played with heart. His time had simply run out here in Montreal, but it was great see one of the real gentlemen of this game hook up with the Predators.
Sergei Kostitsyn? That’s another story. I am completely convinced the Bell Centre faithful will be on Sergei’s case every time he touches the puck. The boo birds will be relentless. They will not let Sergei forget that, despite all the raw talent he brought to the rink as a member of the Canadiens, he was never able to up to all that promise. His sorry-ass attitude didn’t help his cause, either.
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