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Nashville Not Interested In Re-Signing Radulov

from Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,

The Alexander Radulov era in Nashville will likely come to an end soon.

Predators general manager David Poile said today he’s looking to trade the forward’s rights to another NHL team or allow him to return to the Kontinental Hockey League.

“The best way to characterize it is it’s time to not pursue Rad anymore,” Poile said. “If he wants to play in the KHL that’s fine, if he wants to play with another NHL team I’d be willing to trade his rights.”

When asked if it would be safe to say that Radulov won’t be with the Predators next season, Poile said: “I would say right now that would be safe to say.”



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Savage Henry's avatar

If I was Ken Holland, I’d give Nashville a 3rd round pick in exchange for sending Radulov’s rights to St Louis.

Posted by Savage Henry on 06/05/12 at 09:57 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Sure Josh, It’s totally Poile not being interested in Radulov anymore, and absolutely not Radulov snubbing Nashville again like everyone knew he would.  I completely buy that.

I hope Nashville’s PR department pays Cooper well.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/05/12 at 10:29 PM ET


I completely buy that.

Yeah, you’re right, because it was Radulov who dropped the hammer on Poile when Poile tried to show he was bigger than the team, right?

Anyone could’ve guessed that Poile wasn’t going to bring Radulov back the second Radulov was told to park his ass in the pressbox for breaking curfew.

Posted by Garth on 06/05/12 at 11:00 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Anyone could’ve guessed that Poile wasn’t going to bring Radulov back the second Radulov was told to park his ass in the pressbox for breaking curfew.

There were many, many seconds before that during which most people could tell that Radulov wasn’t coming back.

I think most people knew Radulov’s days with the Predators were numbered before his plane landed back in the US.

Except for the self-delusional Preds fans.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/05/12 at 11:07 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The news out of Russia is equally bizarre.

To simplify a really complicated situation:

1. The KHL (i.e. Alex Medvedev) *wants* Radulov to be signed by CSKA Moscow as new GM Sergei Fedorov’s first marquee signing and a sort of poster boy for CSKA as they’ve got Russia’s second-biggest oil and natural gas company, Rosneft, promising to throw all kinds of money at the team to restore its prominence.

CSKA even signed Radulov’s younger brother, Igor, to sweeten the pot, and the KHL’s announced that any players coming back to the league from the NHL are exempt from the salary cap, so in theory, Fedorov (who succeeded someone who quit in anger about the team’s previous administration in Slava Fetisov!) is the favorite to land him.

2. But Salavat Yulaev, in Ufa, owns Radulov’s rights, and they want $7.2 million in compensation for his signing rights. That’s the most any KHL team’s been asked to give another for signing rights…Probably by about $7 million.

3. Larry Brooks threw a wrench into the proceedings by reporting that the Rangers are apparently interested in bringing in Radulov to help replace Marian Gaborik’s production, though the Rangers would have to eventually engage in some salary cap gymnastics to do so;

4. And this morning, Russia’s version of Brooks, Sport-Express’s Igor Larin, said that the decline in the price of oil is blunting CSKA’s economic advantage as Rosneft can’t spend like it would if oil was at $130 a barrel.

So what’s going to happen? I have no frickin’ clue. But it’s not a slam dunk that he’ll return to Russia.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/05/12 at 11:37 PM ET


Radulov’s first stop in Nashville didn’t end well as we know, he didn’t get along with Trotz,  Nashville has little Russian influence in the ethnic community, so what made Poile think anything would be different this time around?

Poile is a shady GM who’s been in bed with Bettman since Day 1, so this serves him and their delusional fans right…  This team is not a Cup contender, nor was it ever, as long as Poile has the GM spot of this team, it will stay that way.

Posted by @TheJimPl9 from Nashville on 06/06/12 at 10:25 AM ET


@ Hootinani -  you hit the nail on the head.

Posted by @TheJimPl9 from Nashville on 06/06/12 at 10:28 AM ET

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