The Montreal Canadiens pulled the trigger on the first deal during Monday’s NHL trade deadeline.

The Canadiens traded forward Andrei Kostitsyn to the Nashville Predators for  a second-round pick in 2013, plus the conditional fifth-round selection in 2013 they traded to Nashville in the Hal Gill deal last week.

Kostitsyn, 27, will be reunited with his brother, Sergei, in Nashville. The Kostitsyn brothers played together in Montreal from 2007 to 2010.

"We've been watching him for a long time," said Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton. "He's a very high-end, top-skilled type of player. Just getting him to play when he wants to play has been the knock on him.

"We think with the insulation we have with our players that we'll be able to do that."

Kostitsyn will not dress for Nashville's Monday's game against the Los Angeles Kings, according to reports. He's expected to make his Predators debut against Carolina on Tuesday.

Like many of his former Canadien teammates, Andrei Kostistyn has struggled this season, scoring only 12 goals and 12 assists in 53 games.

Speaking on Hockey Night in Canada Radio with host Gord Stellick, HNIC analyst Gary Galley said the Canadiens should’ve traded Andrei Kostitsyn when they dealt brother Sergei to Nashville in 2010.

"When they got rid of the one brother they should have got rid of them both."

"When he's playing physical and has a bit of grit to his game he can be an effective player. We'll see how it goes in Nashville."

Kostitsyn, who is making $3.25 million US this season, will be an impending unrestricted free agent on July 1.

His best season came during the 2007-08 campaign as he tallied 26 goals and 27 assists in 78 contests.

The Novopolotsk, Belarus, native was drafted 10th overall by Montreal in the 2003, amassing 99 goals and 210 points in 379 careers games.

Canadiens claim Staubitz from Wild

 The Canadiens also claimined forward Brad Staubitz off re-entry waivers from the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

Staubitz, 27, has yet to register a point in 43 games in Minnesota this year while struggling with a minus-7 rating.

Staubitz, who signed with the San Jose Sharks as an undrafted free agent in 2005, cleared waivers on Feb. 11.

The forward has scored eight goals and 10 assists in 196 career games with Minnesota and San Jose.

Staubitz is an impending free agent at the end of the season, and the Canadiens will only have to pay half of his $600,000 salary.