saku-koivu-postersIt looks like just as the Montreal Canadiens are ready to get winger Andrei Kostitsyn back in the line-up, captain Saku Koivu is going to be out for a stretch.

In today’s Montreal Gazette, Pat Hickey reports that Koivu did not depart with the Habs for the start of their four-game road trip and is unlikely to join the club before its stops in Pittsburgh, Florida, Tampa Bay and New Jersey are completed.

MK: The Habs got plenty of practice playing without Koivu last season and still hung on to the top spot in the East. But now their organizational depth is again going to be tested the way the Bruins’ has so often these last couple of seasons. It should be interesting to see if the Hamilton pipeline is as powerful as the Providence one.