Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/01/09 at 06:36 PM ET
from David Boclair of the Nashville News,
The best players in the world play in the NHL, and ones who can score the way Radulov can (particularly at such a young age) are prized commodities. They are the ones who drive the market, even these days when the league operates with a salary cap and an uncertain financial future.
Had Radulov stayed with the Predators through last season, he would have been a restricted free agent this past summer. One way or another, he was going to cash in. Either the Predators would have locked him up with a long-term deal, or another team would have signed him to an offer sheet that would have guaranteed him a hefty salary. And Nashville still would have had the right to match the contract.
Instead, he went home to Russia because he felt like an outsider in his own locker room. His teammates did not support him. His coach did not support him.
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