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Radulov Interested In Returning To Nashville

from David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper,

Alexander Radulov wants to play for the Nashville Predators next season.

That is the latest word — maybe — according to General Manager David Poile, based on a conversation Wednesday morning between Radulov andPaul Fenton, the Predators’ assistant general manager.

Radulov has played the last three seasons in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League and has served as a flashpoint in strained relations between the NHL and Russia’s hockey federation because he signed his KHL deal while still under contract with Nashville.

“[He says] he can get out of his contract,” Poile said. “I don’t know what he wants to do. … We [told] him … we can trade his rights, but he said, ‘No, no. I want to play in Nashville.’

“So that’s where we’re at.”

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many russian prospects have radulov to thank for dropping in the draft since he left 3 years ago.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 05/12/11 at 11:01 AM ET

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“[He says] he can get out of his contract,”

Gee, ya think?

Banned for life for skipping a contract should be the norm in the NHL, if you ask me.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 05/12/11 at 12:54 PM ET

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Banned for life for skipping a contract should be the norm in the NHL, if you ask me.

Why?

Posted by Garth on 05/12/11 at 01:30 PM ET

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Because they finally did something in the spring besides making it TO the playoffs…now he’s interested in returning. Go figure.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/12/11 at 01:37 PM ET

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Because they finally did something in the spring besides making it TO the playoffs…now he’s interested in returning. Go figure.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 05/12/11 at 12:37 PM ET

Couldn’t have said it better.

Posted by Primis on 05/12/11 at 02:04 PM ET

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I’ve heard of fans jumping on a bandwagon, but players?  Might be a first.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 05/12/11 at 02:25 PM ET

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I’ve heard of fans jumping on a bandwagon, but players?  Might be a first.

Posted by nosferatu from oh on 05/12/11 at 01:25 PM ET

Exactly, nailed it…

If I was a Pred’s player, I wouldn’t want this guy anywhere near the locker room

Posted by yzer19man from Chicago, IL on 05/12/11 at 02:36 PM ET

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If I was a Pred’s player, I wouldn’t want this guy anywhere near the locker room

Eh. Radulov can hardly be relied upon to live up to his commitments, but if I was a Pred’s player, I’d be obsessing about how my team was one goal-scoring forward from making the conference finals.

Posted by steviesteve on 05/12/11 at 04:04 PM ET

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Banned for life for skipping a contract should be the norm in the NHL, if you ask me.

Why?

Well, for starters, a contract’s a contract; as a player you work hard and decide you want to play in the NHL and when you’re rewarded with a contract, you got your wish.  The team then is depending on you to succeed.  You should honor it. 

Secondly, it sets a terrible precedent when a player jumps out of the middle of a contract to go outside the league.  If one does it, it’ll give courage to others to do it.  It’s different when say, Jiri Hudler left the Wings because his contract was at least up.  That hurts the league and the league should administer some sort of punishment to prevent it from happening.

If not banned for life, banned for a few years.  If you’re not happy with the team you’re playing for, then ride out your damn contract and go UFA or ask for a trade.  The way Radulov split was not only unprofessional but was a legal breach.  There’s gotta be consequences for that.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 05/12/11 at 04:50 PM ET

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There’s gotta be consequences for that.

Why does it have to be mandated by the league?  Why can’t a team decide that they’ll accept a player back into the fold.  If the Predators want to bring Radulov back, who outside the organization should be able to tell them that they can’t?

If Dick Axelsson decides he wants to come back to the Red Wings organization and Ken Holland is willing to bring him back, why should the NHL be able to say no?

Posted by Garth on 05/12/11 at 06:54 PM ET

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Not surprising. He’s a very talented player, and hockey careers are short. If a team wastes the career of a talented player by not building a good team around him, who cares - they just get another talented draft pick in the next draft, and try again. It’s the only career that the stuck player has, though. Why spend it on a team that is not only bad, but he has no faith they will ever improve?

It will be interesting to see if he does come back to the NHL, and if he does do so how well he plays. He was an entertaining player to watch years ago.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 05/12/11 at 07:32 PM ET

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