Kostitsyn steamed at Habs coach

Montreal Canadiens' Andrei Kostitsyn skates during practice. (Eric Bolte/QMI Agency)

Montreal Canadiens' Andrei Kostitsyn skates during practice. (Eric Bolte/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 6:34 PM ET

Another Kostitsyn brother could be falling out of favour with the Montreal Canadiens.

Or vice versa.

"I do not have a good relationship with my coach (Jacques Martin)," Andrei Kostitsyn has told the Belarusian website Goals.by.

The 26-year-old burst into prominence with 26 goals and 27 assists in 2007-08, but has production has slipped in the following three seasons.

That decline, it seems, is Martin's fault.

Kostitsyn complained of being pushed into a secondary role, with occasional duty on the fourth line.

The right winger said he tried several times to discuss his issues with Martin, but was told the coach "did not care."

Asked about his prospects for the coming season, Kostitsyn said: "It's hard for me to guess."

He signed a one-year, $3,25 million contract with Montreal in June.

Kostitsyn's brother, Sergei, 24, also had issues with the Canadiens, which led to him spending part of the 2009-10 season in the AHL before being dealt to Nashville last year.

HONOURS FOR BOUILLON

Nashville Predators defenceman Francis Bouillon had an arena named in his honour Thursday.

Francis Bouillon Arena is located in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough of Montreal, where he has worked tirelessly with less fortunate families, specifically youth through Youth Sports Hochelaga.

Bouillon recently established of the Bouillon-Begin Foundation with Steve Begin, who was also in the Predators organization in 2010-11. Both players previously were with the Montreal Canadiens.

BRIEFLY

The Stanley Cup was scheduled to arrive in Vancouver Thursday night -- in the hands of several Boston Bruins. Cam Neely, Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic, all B.C. natives, this weekend will show Canucks fans what they missed out on ... The Buffalo Sabres signed restricted free agent defenceman Marc-Andre Gragnani to a one-year contract.

Gragnani, 24, played only nine games for the Sabres during the regular season, but was impressive in the playoffs, leading the Sabres in scoring with seven points. 


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