NHL magnet for 'friends'

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

It's a situation all players must be leery of.

All that money, all that fame and all that influence is bound to attract a seedy element.

Such appears to be the case in Montreal, where reports have linked an organized crime investigation to members of the Canadiens.

"I don't really know what it is, or what really happened there," said Flames winger James Vandermeer. "But you have to be really careful, especially in a town like Montreal."

On Friday, Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn were linked to Pasquale Mangiola, who was arrested on drug and weapons charges.

Police in Montreal noted the investigation is still ongoing.

"You have to be aware of who you're hanging out with, where you're going and what you're doing," Vandermeer said.

"I think the guys that have been around should give the young players the heads up of what's going on. You definitely learn over time how to deal with different situations."

When out in public, particularly in Canada, players often garner plenty of attention, not all of it good. Young players are particularly susceptible to unsavory elements.

"As a young guy, sometimes you still try to impress people, you still try to feel your way around the city," Vandermeer said.

"Sometimes people may seem like they're good guys and they're trying to help you, but maybe they're not.

"I don't know what the whole situation is in Montreal.

"We'll have to wait and see what it actually is."

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA


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