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by Paul on 10/15/08 at 01:52 PM ET
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
In his first interview with North American media since he left for Russia during the summer, Alexander Radulov left the door open for a possible return to the NHL and the Predators.
Radulov also said recent comments attributed to him in a letter to Continental Hockey League president Alexander Medvedev — in which Radulov said he was not interested in arbitration and not interested in returning to the NHL — were incorrect.
“I didn’t say that — that letter was a misunderstanding,” Radulov said by phone Wednesday from Ufa, where he is playing for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL.
Update 1:06pm: (Alanah) Portions of the original letter Radulov supposedly wrote were publicized by the CP (via TSN) yesterday. For context, here are those segments:
“I returned to Russia not so that I could return again to the NHL but rather to offer all of my efforts and professionalism to the betterment of Russian hockey taking it to a new level,” according to a translation of the letter attributed to Radulov and provided by the KHL.
Radulov wrote the letter to KHL president Alexander Medvedev possibly to end some mixed signals on whether he wanted to return to the NHL.
“I have never been, nor am I currently, nor do I intend to hold negotiations with representatives of the National Hockey League or the International Ice Hockey Federation regarding the possibility of having the case of my transfer to the Kontinental Hockey League reviewed by the International Court of Sports Arbitration in Lausanne,” his letter states.
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