February 28, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Andrei Kostitsyn (46) against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC center. The Hurricanes defeated the Predators 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE
TSN has pointed us to a Russian article indicating that former Nashville Predators winger Andrei Kostitsyn is taking his talents to Chelyabinsk, to play for the KHL's Traktor club on a one-year contract. Chelyabinsk is about 150 miles south of Yekaterinburg, which is in turn about 3 parsecs east of Neptune.
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The Preds wrote off bringing him back after his suspension during the Western Conference Semifinals along with Alexander Radulov. He had been picked up from Montreal at the trade deadline, essentially for Nashville's 2nd-round draft pick in 2013 (the Preds also sent the Habs a conditional pick they had earlier received in the Hal Gill deal).
With the Predators, AK46 was reasonably productive (4 goals and 8 assists in 19 regular season games, 3G & 1A in 8 playoff contests), but that incident during the playoffs burned up whatever goodwill he had built up on the ice.
But hey, we'll always have Scottsdale, Andrei. We'll always have Scottsdale: