Sergei Kostitsyn (Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
After reports they were interested in coming back to the NHL, Andrei and Sergei have nixed those plans and signed contracts with the KHL’s Torpedo Nizhny-Novgorod. The Kostitsyn brothers have not played on the same club since the 2011-12 season with the Nashville Predators.
Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn’s reported interest in returning to the NHL predated the opening of the league’s free agency period, but it appears that interest wasn’t mutual, as the Kostitsyns have signed deals to remain in the KHL.
According to Sports-Express.ru’s Igor Eronko, Andrei and Sergei have signed contracts with Torpedo Nizhny-Novgorod. Andrei’s deal is a two-year contract, while the terms of Sergei’s deal have not yet been reported.
Prior to signing with Torpedo, there had been multiple reports that both Kostitsyn brothers were fielding offers, with Eronko previously reporting that Sergei was close to inking an NHL deal. Sergei, 28, hadn’t suited up in the NHL since the 2012-13 season, when he scored three goals and 15 points in 47 games for the Nashville Predators. As for 30-year-old Andrei, 2011-12 was his final year in the NHL, as he scored 16 goals and 36 points in 72 games split between the Predators and Montreal Canadiens.
This past season, Andrei suited up for the KHL’s Sochi HC and netted 11 goals and 31 points in 37 games. A 10th overall pick of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2003 draft, Andrei had some incredibly productive years as a Canadien, including a 26-goal, 53-point season in 2007-08.
Sergei’s best seasons came in Nashville, where he spent the final three seasons of his NHL career to this point. His career-best campaign came in 2010-11 as he scored 23 goals and 50 points in 77 contests and added five points in 12 post-season tilts. In 2014-15, he scored seven goals and 27 points with Ak Bars Kazan and was named to the KHL all-star game.
The Kostitsyn brothers – who were teammates in Montreal and again in Nashville – haven’t suited up together in league play since leaving the NHL, but reunite on their new deals in the KHL. Their signing together in the KHL could be a reason why they’ve chosen to continue in Russia rather than head back to North America – if an offer wasn’t on the table that brought them to the same locale, it may not have been as appealing to them.
Both Kostitsyns played on the Belarussian entry into the World Championship this past season. Andrei scored two goals and nine points in seven games, while Sergei amassed one goal and seven points in eight contests. Andrei was named as one of the country’s top three players at the tournament.