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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About ahefter

I have covered hockey extensively during my 30-year sports broadcasting career. From the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid to the Edmonton Oiler dynasty years, I've shared my views on hockey with listeners in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. You can "catch me in action" on Youtube at the following URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n5BdB9ngYw My radio stops include TSN 690 Montreal, CJAD Montreal, CKNW Vancouver, and CKEY Toronto. I also ran the Canadian Press sports desk (radio). My travels as a network reporter have taken me to four Olympics, most recently Vancouver 2010. I'm currently an Applied Assistant Professor within the School of Communication at the University of Hartford.
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