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A Few NHL Teams Interested In Radulov

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

A couple of teams have called to inquire about trading for the rights to forward Alexander Radulov.

There is “urgency” to the situation, Poile said, because Radulov appears to be moving to returning to the Kontinental Hockey League. The team CSKA Moscow recently acquired Radulov’s KHL rights in hopes of signing him.

“If these teams are interested, they’re going to have to move pretty fast,” Poile said. “I think if they don’t he will sign in the KHL.”

Tootoo questions: Poile said he had talked to representatives for pending unrestricted free agent forward Jordin Tootoo, though the two sides aren’t close to a new deal.

“There’s a little difference of opinion because he didn’t play at the end of the year and in the playoffs,” Poile said. “I’m not sure where that’s going right now. But we need to have more conversations on that.”

more on the Predators, mostly on Suter which you have probably read by now if you’ve been following closely…

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Primis's avatar

Poile sounds like a helpless man whom the sky is falling down around.  I hope NAS fans don’t have much in the way of expectations next year.  Poile doesn’t sound like a confident man.

Posted by Primis on 06/16/12 at 12:52 PM ET

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Poile doesn’t sound like a confident man.

He really doesn’t.  It seems like he expected all his FAs to accept his initial offers and he’s baffled that they haven’t done that.  I mean jeez, they all live so close to the rink, what more could you want?!?!?

Posted by Garth on 06/16/12 at 01:14 PM ET

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Is Josh Cooper a sports reporter, or just Poile’s bitch?  I’m starting to think that he’s just a glorified cheerleader.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/16/12 at 02:31 PM ET

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Given that Poile has 15 restricted and unrestricted free agents to sign, it’s understandable that he doesn’t have a whole lot of leverage…

And regarding Radulov specifically, I could see a team tossing off a mid-round pick for his rights, but he’s all but signed, sealed and delivered to CSKA Moscow. Radlov is supposed to be the centerpiece of their renaissance, and their sponsor, Rosneft (the second-biggest oil and natural gas company in Russia), may have ponied up as much as $8 million U.S. dollars to simply acquire Radulov’s signing rights from Salavat Yulaev.

I can’t see Radulov remaining in the NHL given the kind of money he can earn in Russia, where players returning from the NHL are exempt fro the KHL’s salary cap.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/16/12 at 03:40 PM ET

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Radulov worthless after his antics.  He’s headed back to Russia.

Posted by 13 user names on 06/16/12 at 04:31 PM ET

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Cooper should work for Eklund; to Hootinani,

Yes Cooper is Poiles windbag ...

Posted by @TheJimPl9 from Nashville on 06/16/12 at 05:06 PM ET

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Hmmm, Tootoo would probably fill the fans desire in Detroit for some additional grit and that would grind the hell out of Gnashville.  If he can stay sober, he can help any team in the league.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 06/16/12 at 05:10 PM ET

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Hmmm, Tootoo would probably fill the fans desire in Detroit for some additional grit and that would grind the hell out of Gnashville.

I knew someone would bring this up and I seriously hope that Ken Holland doesn’t even, for a SECOND, consider even thinking about possibly maybe making an offer to Tootoo.

Posted by Garth on 06/16/12 at 05:44 PM ET

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Hmmm, Tootoo would probably fill the fans desire in Detroit for some additional grit and that would grind the hell out of Gnashville.

I knew someone would bring this up and I seriously hope that Ken Holland doesn’t even, for a SECOND, consider even thinking about possibly maybe making an offer to Tootoo.

Posted by Garth on 06/16/12 at 04:44 PM ET

Given Jim Devellano’s remarks regarding his decision not to resign Bob Probert, I don’t think he(Tootoo) would be considered a good get for the team. To risky.

I think Holland knows better.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! In ’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 06/16/12 at 09:53 PM ET

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Given that Poile has 15 restricted and unrestricted free agents to sign, it’s understandable that he doesn’t have a whole lot of leverage…

Yeah well, how did he THINK it was going to work when he made all those deals for expiring contracts? He traded for Gaustad (which sadly still looks smarter than DET trading for Quincey), brought over Radulov, reunited the Kostitsyns, etc…  It’s not like he inherited the situation, he created it.

This might be the offseason where Poile stops getting mentioned as a top GM in the league, and where Nashville falls back to Earth.  I just don’t know if he did it himself, or he did it under pressure from above.  But either way, that’s how they got here.

Posted by Primis on 06/17/12 at 12:19 AM ET

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Radulov is the ultimate player to trade a conditional pick to get. Any GM in the league would be stupid to give Nashville a guaranteed asset for a guy who is just about guaranteed to head back to the KHL.

Whatever the case, whichever club has his rights when it comes time for it, the NHL GM in charge of it should file for arbitration with Raddles.

He wants to get to the age where he’s a UFA so he can truly name his own price. I’d throw at least another year into the works on an arbitrator-awarded deal just to make sure his rights are still worth something come July 1st 2013.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/17/12 at 10:16 AM ET

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