Predators’ forward, Sergei Kostitsyn took the chance to chime in on the NHL lockout and he had some harsh words for the league.
Kostitsyn, who is currently in his home country of Russia playing for the Avangard Omsk told the Russian publication Sport-Express that he hopes the current lockout lasts the full season, courtesy of TSN.ca.
“Let’s put it this way - it would be better (for the players) if the lockout continues. Players want a definite answer. If the NHL season is lost – let it be that way. I would then play in Russia for the whole season.”
Kostitsyn also disclosed some personal feelings about playing in the NHL, stating that he has never been able to get comfortable in North America and that he has always had a hard time adjusting to life overseas. He claims the American mentality and the people are totally different than those that he’s used to in Russia. You don’t say Sergei.
It’s this type of attitude that perhaps Alex Ovechkin was referring to when he said that if the league rolls back on the player’s current contracts that some of the Russian stars may choose to stay in their home country and continue playing in the KHL.
Personally, if we have to listen to guys like Kostitsyn whine about adjusting to life in North America while making millions every year, then tell him to stay where he is.
Some people blame the players for this lockout, others blame the owners. Regardless of where you stand it’s hard to feel sorry for players like Kostitsyn when he’s shooting his mouth off thousands of miles away. Talk is cheap, especially for a guy who isn’t part of the negotiations and took the easy way out by flocking to his native country to go play while other players remained behind to try and salvage a season.