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by The Upper Canadien on 08/11/11 at 05:08 PM ET
It’s the summer, and a Hab with the initials AK has made some misguided comments to the media in Europe, apparently thinking they’d never be recirculated to North America.
Sound familiar? Somewhat ironic that Alex Kovalev made questionable comments of his own earlier this week. Maybe Andrei Kostitsyn was just following his mentor’s lead. Regardless, we’ve got an issue, and as this is Montreal, despite the fact it’s August, it has the potential to blow up.
So what did Kostitsyn say? There’s a good summary of it here: Andrei Kostitsyn Just Wants to be Loved. But, in summary, Kostitsyn said it is very difficult producing from the third and fourth line, that he didn’t really understand his role last season, and that Jacques Martin didn’t care that Kostitsyn wanted to talk about his place on the team.
Why Andrei, why?
We were having a nice summer, no controversies, signed Erik Cole, getting ready for fall. You just had to rock the boat didn’t you?
The reality is that Martin comes across to, well, I suspect everyone as not caring what individual players think. He’s a team guy. It’s all about the team. Do you think Martin was up at night last year wondering if Scott Gomez felt alienated or hurt due to his slowly reduced ice time? No. Jacques Martin just cares about winning. Andrei Kostitsyn should be thinking that way too.
But he won’t. Because he’s a professional athlete. He’s more concerned with goals, statistics, ice time. Which is all fairly ironic, given that this is a contract year for Mr. Kostitsyn. Make it or break it. And if he really wants to look appealing and hit the money, you’d think he’d keep his mouth shut.
Just another lesson to athletes everywhere: the internet extends around the world, and if you sneeze in Belarus, they’ll hear it in Canada. Especially in Montreal.
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