- Associated Press - Monday, February 27, 2012

MONTREAL (AP) - The Montreal Canadiens have traded winger Andrei Kostitsyn to Nashville, reuniting him with brother Sergei.

The Canadiens received a second-round pick in 2013 and a conditional fifth-round selection ahead of the NHL’s trade deadline on Monday.

Andrei Kostitsyn is earning more than $3 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.

The Kostitsyn brothers are from Belarus played together with Montreal from 2007 to 2010. The Predators expect Andre Kostitsyn to meet the team for its game at Carolina on Tuesday.

The conditional pick the Canadiens sent to the Predators is one they acquired in the Hal Gill trade last week.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

MONTREAL (AP) _ The Montreal Canadiens have traded winger Andrei Kostitsyn to Nashville, reuniting him with borther Sergei.

The Canadiens received a second-round pick in 2013 and a conditional fifth-round selection ahead of the NHL’s trade deadline on Monday.

Andrei Kostitsyn is earning more than $3 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.

The Kostitsyn brothers played together with Montreal from 2007 to 2010.

The conditional pick the Canadiens sent to the Predators is one they acquired in the Hal Gill trade last week.

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