With the trade going down today, the Canadiens needed to fill their space with a player from the AHL, meaning that Sergei Kostitsyn is going to make his return to the team. This should please the poolies that have taken a chance on the younger brother, but it will also please some of the NHL clubs that are interested in possibly picking him up via trade to help ease the burden that Sergei has caused this year.
Punishment has been handed down to Georges Laraque for his knee-on-knee hit on Detroit's Niklas Kronwall on Saturday night. Laraque earned a 5-game ban for the hit, which was handed down late on Monday afternoon. There was a pretty good chance that Laraque was going to be scratched for most of those games anyways, as he hasn't fit into the Canadiens plans for most games this year.