Habs trade Kostitsyn for second round pick, claim enforcer off waivers
Published Monday, February 27, 2012 10:55AM EST
MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens have confirmed that Andrei Kotstitsyn will be reunited with his brother Sergei in Tennessee.
The Habs announced Monday morning that the winger has been dealt for a second-round draft choice in 2013, as well as a conditional fifth-round choice from the earlier Hal Gill trade from last week.
Kostitsyn is a unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and had expressed a desire to return to Montreal but also expressed dissatisfaction at his reduced ice time under coach Randy Cunneyworth.
Andrei Kostitsyn is paid $3.25 million per season and will become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
He has 12 goals and 24 points in 53 games this season.
The Kostitsyn brothers played together with the Habs from 2007 to 2010.
Soon after, the team announced that it had picked up enforcer Brad Staubitz off re-entry waivers from the Minnesota Wild.
Staubitz, 27, has no points in 43 games this season to go along with 73 penalty minutes.
He is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and has eight goals and 10 assists over 196 career NHL games.