It seems Sergei Kostitsyn will be donning the bleu, blanc et rouge again this year, after all.
But it still won't be the sweater he wanted.
Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey confirmed that Kostitsyn, 22, relented after a weeklong holdout and is expected to report to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL on Tuesday.
After being assigned to the Bulldogs at the end of the parent club's training camp, Kostitsyn ignored agent Don Meehan's advice and refused to report a day before the start of the NHL regular season. After being suspended, the disgruntled player asked to be traded to another team.
It was a rough camp all around for Kostitsyn — he returned to the team after nursing an injury in the off-season and wasn't in top form. He also raised the ire of new coach Jacques Martin by missing a bus to a pre-season game in Quebec City.
In three pre-season games, Kostitsyn tallied one goal.
Last season with the Canadiens, Kostitsyn scored eight goals and added 15 assists for 23 points in 56 games. His brother, Andrei, also plays for Montreal.