Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/13/07 at 06:11 PM ET
from the CP,
Samsonov was listed as a healthy scratch for a second straight game for the Canadiens’ outing against the New York Islanders on Tuesday - despite the absence of winger Alex Kovalev, sidelined by a bout of vertigo.
Carbonneau decided to replace Kovalev with rookie Andrei Kostitsyn and leave the underperforming Samsonov - the team’s third-highest paid player at US$3.525 million - in the press box for the seventh time this season.
The decision is largely based on comments Samsonov made in St. Louis on Saturday, expressing regret for signing a two-year free agent deal with the Canadiens last summer, although the Russian winger backed away from that sentiment Tuesday.
“I don’t want to be a distraction,” Samsonov said after the team’s morning skate. “You guys ask me questions and I’m trying to answer as truthfully as I can. That probably wasn’t the right time. I shouldn’t be the subject of talk, we’re fighting for a playoff spot.”
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