First off let me say that when I first saw Sergei Kostitsyn in his first pre-season games against the Penguins a few years back (yes the very penguins we’re battling now!!) I was impressed.
Sergei possesses a ton of natural hockey skills. There is no doubt about that.
But the monkey has been on his back the last 2 seasons. He’s really been a distraction to the team and in all fairness it looks to me like Gainey (at the time) gave him a fair shot. Go down in Hamilton, work hard, be coach able, you’ll get your shot at playing.
But controversy keeps following the guy.
For the record, I really like what Sergei Kostitsyn can bring and at times has shown… for this team. BUT, I equally dislike that he’s a young man with baggage that just seems to follow him around. Or maybe…. he carries it around.
While the Habs are fighting battles in the playoffs it’s really not the time for drama. This is the time of year where you want your team as a unit.
Sorry for this analogy… but I have to make one. A team sport in a very small way must behave as a military unit. They have to be on the same page especially come this time of year… because they face their combatants on a different level in the playoffs. And much like soliders must buy into a strategic plan to complete a mission together, players also need to be coachable and listen to direction.
When you have people acting out individually, it harms the group as a whole. This is not a comparison at all.. we all know the great men in military do work that is much different, serious and dangerous then hockey players. But there are similarities in a team concept. If Sergei were to act out in the army as he had within the organization he simply wouldn’t be there or would likely be a casualty of an armed conflict somewhere.