Kostitsyn, Kadri among those sent packing from NHL camps


The Montreal Canadiens don’t think Sergei Kostitsyn is ready for prime time. The Canadiens demoted the team’s whipping boy Sunday, sending him to Hamilton of the American Hockey League.<br />


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The Montreal Canadiens don’t think Sergei Kostitsyn is ready for prime time.

The Canadiens demoted the team’s whipping boy Sunday, sending him to Hamilton of the American Hockey League.

The six-foot, 190-pound winger has split the past two seasons between Hamilton and Montreal, but was hoping to stick with the big club this time around. Last season he produced eight goals and 15 assists in 56 NHL games. He also scored five times and added eight assists in 16 games with Hamilton.

Meanwhile, Nazem Kadri’s quest to make the Toronto Maple Leafs straight out of junior fell short when he was reassigned to the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

Kadri, selected seventh overall by the Leafs in the June NHL entry draft, had three goals and two assists in six pre-season games, but Leafs head coach Ron Wilson said repeatedly during training camp that Kadri would need to crack the Leafs’ top six forwards in order to make the team.

The six-foot, 167-pound centre had 25 goals and 53 assists with the Knights last season.

Kadri was one of four cuts the Leafs made Sunday. Forward Christian Hanson, who played five NHL games last season, will start the year with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. Joining him in the minors will be defenceman Jonas Frogren, who played in 41 NHL contests a season ago. Defenceman Andy Rogers was released.

**** The Edmonton Oilers sent their top prospect, Jordan Eberle, back to the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, while forward Rob Schremp has been placed on waivers. Players assigned to the Springfield Falcons (AHL) included defenceman Taylor Chorney, winger Kip Brennan and goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

Another former first-round pick, forward Brandon Sutter, also got cut Sunday. The Carolina Hurricanes sent the 2007 draft pick to the Albany River Rats of the AHL. Sutter, the son of Calgary Flames head coach Brent Sutter, had one goal and five assists in 50 games as a rookie last season. Defenceman Jamie McBain will join Sutter in Albany.

The San Jose Sharks released a pair of players on tryout contracts. Centre Dan Hinote, a veteran of 503 NHL games over eight seasons, received his walking papers along with defenceman Mathieu Dandenault, who has played in 868 games over 13 seasons. The Sharks also sent goaltender Alex Stalock to Worcester of the AHL.

Brett MacLean, who racked up huge point totals playing with John Tavares in the OHL as a junior, will begin his second pro season in the minors. The Phoenix Coyotes assigned the winger to the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. Defenceman David Schlemko was also sent to Texas.

The Colorado Avalanche also did some trimming Sunday, sending defenceman Derek Peltier to Lake Erie of the AHL. Peltier played in 11 NHL games last season. Centre Chris Durno and goaltender Tyler Weiman were also sent to the minors.

The New Jersey Devils made some cuts, but still have 29 players in camp. Assigned to Lowell of the AHL were goaltender Jeff Frazee and forwards Olivier Magnan-Grenier, Ben Walter and Vladimir Zharkov.

The Pittsburgh Penguins shipped goaltender John Curry to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.

Teams have until Wednesday to get their rosters down to 23 players.

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