Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn are together again.
The Montreal Canadiens dealt winger Andrei Kostitsyn to Nashville Predators for a 2013 second-round pick and conditional fifth-round selection ahead of the NHL’s trade deadline. Sergei Kostitsyn is a forward with the Predators.
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The Kostitsyn brothers played together with Montreal from 2007 to 2010.
Andrei Kostitsyn is earning US$3.25 million and will become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He’s struggled recently and has 12 goals and 24 points in 53 games this season.
Montreal also claimed tough guy Brad Staubitz off re-entry waivers from Minnesota. The 27-year-old had no points and 73 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Wild this season.
Montreal wasn’t the only Canadian team making a deal prior to the 3 p.m. ET deadline.
The Ottawa Senators acquired Matt Gilroy from Tampa Bayfor fellow defenceman Brian Lee. Gilroy, a former Hobey Baker Award winner as U.S. university hockey’s top player, has two goals and 15 assists in 53 games with the Lightning this season.
Gilroy carries a cap hit of $US1,000,000 and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Lee, 24, has five goals and 23 assists in 167 career games with the Senators.
The Vancouver Canucks acquired a forward from the Columbus Blue Jackets, but it wasn’t Rick Nash. Instead, the Stanley Cup finalist landed Sammy Pahlsson for two fourth-round picks.
Pahlsson, 34, a former Stanley Cup champion with Anaheim, registered two goals and nine assists in 61 games for Columbus this season. He’s due to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
The Winnipeg Jets claimed defenceman Grant Clitsome off waivers from Columbus. The 26-year-old had four goals and 14 points in 51 games with the Blue Jackets.
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired right-winger Carter Ashton from Tampa Bay for defenceman Keith Aulie. Ashton was selected 29th overall by Tampa Bay at the 2009 draft and has 19 goals and 16 assists in 56 games the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals this season, Ashton has 19 goals and 16 assists.
Aulie, 22, has split time between the Maple Leafs and the club’s American Hockey League affiliate this season.
The Leafs also acquired defenceman Mark Fraser from Anaheim in exchange for forward Dale Mitchell.
The Edmonton Oilers shook up its blue-line, acquiring Nick Schultz from the Minnesota Wild for Tom Gilbert. Schultz is a more defensive-minded player than Gilbert and had spent his entire career with the Wild.
He has three points (one goal, two assists) in 62 games this season.
Gilbert had 17 points (3-14) in 47 games for Edmonton this season.
In other deals, the San Jose Sharks acquired forwards Daniel Winnik and T.J. Galiardi from the Colorado Avalanche for forward Jamie McGinn and two prospects. Also, Tampa Bay landed veteran defenceman Mike Commodore from Detroit Red for a conditional 2013 seventh-round draft pick.
The 32-year-old Commodore won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006 and has eight points (two goals, six assists) in 53 career playoff games.