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Kostitsyn not happy with Jacques Martin

Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:45 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 4:23 pm
 
KostitsynBy: Adam Gretz

Andrei Kostitsyn has never been a model of consistency in the NHL, but he did manage to score 20 goals in 81 games for the Montreal Canadiens last season, good enough for the third best total on the club, trailing only Brian Gionta and Tomas Plekanec. Not a great season, but definitely not a poor one as a 20-goal effort in the NHL is nothing to look down on.

Still, the 25-year-old Kostitsyn appears to be unhappy with his head coach, Jacques Martin, and recently sounded off on his role with the team that drafted him in the first-round (10th overall) back in 2003.

In an interview with Goals By, a publication out of Belarus, Kostitsyn said his relationship with Martin is "not too good," and added "It wasn't me who started to play badly, it's just that I was being put into (the) third and fourth line. I've tried talking to (Jacques Martin) more than once. But he doesn't care."

Of course, Kostitsyn spent a great deal of time this past season playing on Montreal's top lines, skating alongside Mike Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec, as well as Brian Gionta. All three of those guys were among Montreal's top-scorers and offensive threats last season, and not exactly chopped liver when it comes to talented linemates. Granted, he did see time with bottom-six players like Travis Moen and Lars Eller, but the majority of his time was spent with top-line talent and with top-line even strength minutes.

Kostitsyn's younger brother, Sergei, was also a member of the Canadiens organization for a number of years, and also had his share of problems with Martin. He was ultimately traded to Nashville last offseason where he went on to to lead the Predators with 23 goals in 2010-11, his best season to date in the NHL.

It should be interesting to see how the Canadiens organization decides to deal with the oldest Kostitsyn brothers given his apparent problems with the teams coach.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:24 am
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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 11:29 am
 

Kostitsyn not happy with Jacques Martin

"Character" & "Patience" also plays another role in any career or job we choose. Instead of Whinning, Crying & making Excuses on why you don't play top line minutes it's cause of "YOUR CHARACTER OVERALL WHEN YOU DON'T GET YOUR WAY". Martin knows what he needs established so if I was Mr. Kostitsyn I'd keep my mouth shut & do what the Coach Martin likes. He had opportunity to shine being on Top 2 lines much of this last season putting out a Sub Par Performance. What he should do is pull Mr. Martin aside privately & ask what are my weaknesses? How can I contribute better? etc etc...........When the Coach tells you how to improve then work on those things On/Off the Ice. Don't Tweet Excuses to the Public about your Coach or Former Coach cause we don't care what your problem is! Regardless but now your value took a massive hit in signing any sort of Multi-Deal & yes you also cost yourself millions before cause he won't get a Contract Extension. After his Contract ends he'll see 3-4th line Minutes, 8-12 minutes a game if that w/another team if they choose. As far as Sergei K. in Barry Trotz land he better keep his mouth sealed otherwise he'll hit the road w/out a job. "Character" is the most important ASSET in developing well rounded players & every day personal life cause it'll take you places but it also takes "Patience"



Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: August 13, 2011 7:18 am
 

Hope he likes mosquitoes and snow

Can you spell Winnipeg Andrei ? The day a Russian beats a Frenchman in Quebec...not gonna happen,unless your last name`s Ovechkin.And even then i wouldn`t bet the farm on it



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Kostitsyn not happy with Jacques Martin

I would take him on the Minnesota Wild...



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Kostitsyn not happy with Jacques Martin

Kostitsyn is a punk. Habs will be better off when they let him walk.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: August 12, 2011 8:20 am
 

Kostitsyn not happy with Jacques Martin

Kostitsyn is "not too good," and added "It wasn't me who started to play badly, it's just that I was being put into (the) third and fourth line. I've tried talking to (Jacques Martin) more than once. But he doesn't care."
Whoops, probably not the smartest move to whine about the coach and blame the coach more than his own play.    Kostitsyn is a UFA after this season, that's the kind of stuff that lowers market value and takes a bunch of teams away from even looking at giving him a good contract.    Nice job of his agent coaching him, lol.    Poor guy probably just cost himself some ice time and a few million the next few years.   I'm sure this will help with his trade value too (sarcasm).    What are they going to do with him now?    I'm sure he's a fan favorite by the end of the weekend.    Don Meehan was his agent I believe, surprised his people didn't coach the "image" thing a little better.    I wonder if it was a calculated decision to give excuses, if it was just an accident, or some othe oversight or bad translation.   Either way...whoops.



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 9:56 pm
 

Kostitsyn not happy with Jacques Martin

Its the internet,im, tweet age.Players must know that anything they say anywhere will get back to the team. My guess is he was not happy in a Hab jersey and asked for a trade and nothing happened,so he  spilled the beans in an effort to get traded.


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