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by Paul on 10/22/10 at 03:15 PM ET
from Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy,
Late yesterday, Sportsdaily.ru reported that Radulov signed a 3-year extension to his contract with Salavat Yulaef of the KHL. The news came as a surprise as many expected to see Radulov back in the NHL next season.
As it turned out, the initial report of a 3-year extension is not entirely accurate. Puck Daddy, with the help of Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport found out that Radulov signed a 2-year extension (he has one year left on his current deal), a fact confirmed by Oleg Gross, Salavat Yulaef’s GM, to Lysenkov.
Also, Radulov signed at the end of August, right before the NHL visited Russia to play two games against KHL clubs, for the first time in 20 years; right before the two leagues signed an official agreement to respect each other’s contracts.
It is very unusual and strange that the news of KHL’s reigning MVP signing an extension was not reported when it happened. Why such secrecy?
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