Sergei Kostitsyn will be lucky if we let him back into this country or the NHL after his comments seen in a Russian newspaper in regard to the current NHL Lockout and some of its’ proudest teams, cities and fans. It is safe to say that he may no longer be one of the more popular players in the league whenever hockey does resume if/when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached to lift the NHL Lockout.
To Kostitsyn, he proved he doesn’t care about the fans. Not North American fans, at least. Not NHL fans. Not even Nashville Predators fans.
“Let’s put it this way – it would be better [for the players] if the lockout continues,” Kostitsyn was quoted as saying on Monday. “Players want a definite answer. If the NHL season is lost – let it be that way. I would then play in Russia for the whole season.”
Yes, players would love an answer sooner rather than later. We all would. But to say that it would be better for the players in the NHL cancels the entire 2012-2013 season is axiomatic. I am positive that all players do not feel the way that Kostitsyn does. Not even close.
Kostitsyn wasn’t done ripping hockey in America. Bad enough he knocked the NHL and said we would be better off without it this year. He didn’t really have many positive things to say about this continent in general.
Kostitsyn signed with the Predators after coming over from the Montreal Canadiens following the 2010 season after beginning his rookie season with the Habs in the 2007-2008 season. He also said he hated life in North America and labelled Columbus “the gloomiest” city in the States.
I wonder how the Blue Jackets fans will respond the first few times Kostitsyn touches the puck when he plays in Columbus when the NHL does return to action? I would presume quite fittingly with a chorus of boos.
“I couldn’t get used to [American] mentality. They are totally different people from us,” said Kostitsyn.
I bet he has no problem accepting American money in his NHL contract with the Predators, however, as I am assuming that is not against his mentality. The fact that he recently signed a two year deal worth $6 million would lead me to believe that whenever the NHL Lockout does end, Kostitsyn will be on the first plane back to America to resume cashing his American checks.