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Sergei Kostitsyn criticizes handling of Radulov & AK46: Thursday's nooner

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Sticking up for big brother, perhaps?
Sticking up for big brother, perhaps?

Our lunchtime hockey notes kick off with an interesting quote in the Russian press from Sergei Kostitsyn, in which he appears to criticize David Poile and Barry Trotz's handling of his brother Andrei and Alexander Radulov following their violation of team rules during the Phoenix series.

You have to wonder how many others on the team may have been thinking the same thing...

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