Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
Sergei Kostitsyn of the Nashville Predators told Russian media he would rather the entire 2012-2013 season be locked out than have to return to the NHL. Kostitsyn is playing in the KHL for the duration of the lockout.
Kostitsyn, a native of Belarus playing with Avangard Omsk in Russia's KHL during the lockout, said that it would be best for the NHL's players if the entire season were to be lost.
"Players want a definite answer. If the NHL season is lost - let it be that way. I would then play in Russia for the whole season."
Kostitsyn also said that he did not enjoy playing in America, preferring life across the pond.
"I couldn't get used to (American) mentality. They are totally different people from us."
The 25-year-old has scored 40 goals in two seasons with the Predators after spending three years with the Montreal Canadiens. He has expressed his displeasure with life in North America before, refusing to report to Canadiens' minor-league affiliates on several occasions, resulting in suspensions. He has played alongside his brother, Andrei, the past few seasons, but Andrei is now signed permanently in the KHL.
Kostitsyn is under contract with the Predators for another two years, having signed a $6 million contract this offseason, so he would return to the NHL should the lockout end despite his apparent displeasure for playing stateside hockey.