Canadian Corner – August 4, 2011.

Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn might face a demotion, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on possibly playing for Canada’s junior team this winter, and Senators Jesse Winchester is looking forward to the upcoming.


CTV MONTREAL: Arpon Basu suggested the Canadiens recent addition of winger Erik Cole might result in a demotion to the third line for Andrei Kostitsyn, adding that might work out for Kostitsyn, as he wouldn’t have to face the same kind of opposition as he has playing on the Habs top lines.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Basu acknowledged it’s not a certainty Kostitsyn might be demoted. If he is, it could work to Kostitsyn’s advantage, though it would likely stoke criticism he’s not a top-six forward. Still, if he were demoted and thrived offensively, it would certainly be beneficial to the Canadiens offensive depth.


EDMONTON SUN: Derek van Diest reports Oilers prospect Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would prefer to be playing with the Oilers this coming season, but if he were returned to junior and had the chance to play for Canada’s world junior team, he’d be happy with that too.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nugent-Hopkins would certainly be a valuable addition to Canada’s WJC team if he’s available.


OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators forward Jesse Winchester is itching to get started for next season, and is hopeful the team can make the playoffs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see how the rebuilt Senators fare this coming season under their new head coach and a younger roster.


  1. Wasn’t AK playing a lot last year on the 3rd line already? Either way, being a UFA year, it’s up to him to make the most of where he’s put, and do it in a consistent manner.

  2. Every year we think it’s the last year for AK. If he plays to prove he’s contract worthy, the Habs will have the dilemma of deciding whether they let him walk. Third line or not, he had better chemistry with Eller last year than Pleks or Gomez. Go with what works.

  3. I remember last year at the start when AK was struggling. One of the writers (Either Basu, Engels, or Hickey) noted that although his offense was off, he was playing a much better defensive game. The suggestion was made that he should be used on the third line. Yes he is over paid for that role, but I think the idea is that the Habs are paying extra for potential on top of what he does bring. That being said, it would not surprise me at all if he is part of package at the trade deadline, with most of his salary gone and a UFA next year. I think this is why he is back as he does have some value but none at this point in the hockey cycle.

  4. I never thought I would see the day where Sergei is better and has more value than Andrei- or that Grabovsky is better than both… What happened here?

  5. AK played A LOT better towards the end of the year with Eller (but Eller was playing a lot better too) and if those two can build off the last season then the Canadiens could surprise people with their depth. Eller reminds me of Plekanec when he was breaking in, except Eller is bigger and can already skate. Man, October can’t get here fast enough!!! lol Actually, I would settle for a hockey news yearbook and pool guides right now lol. Soon enough, I suppose.