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Report: Andrei Kostitsyn ‘open to any team’ when it comes to possible NHL return

Montreal Canadiens v Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 3: Andrei Kostitsyn #46 of the Montreal Canadiens warms up prior to the NHL game against the Florida Panthers on March 3, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Andrei Kostitsyn

Joel Auerbach

Friday marked the third day of the National Hockey League’s free agent period. The frenzy from Wednesday has settled somewhat.

While the deals get signed and announcements made, former NHL forward Andrei Kostitsyn is still hoping to make his return back to North America after spending the last three seasons in the KHL.

It was reported back in May that the 30-year-old Kostitsyn was hopeful to get back to the NHL, where he posted three 20-goal seasons as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. He left for the KHL following the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, when he was suspended for reportedly breaking curfew before a post-season game when he was with Nashville.

Based on his recent comments to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, it seems Kostitsyn feels the North American style fits his game.

“I like to play the style there,” Kostitsyn told Sportsnet. “You have more chances in the smaller rink. A lot of good chances to score goals. ... I’m open to any team; happy to be there.

“I think I can help any team.”

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