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by Paul on 03/19/12 at 11:03 AM ET
from Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy,
The most intriguing part is that it was not Radulov himself who bought out the remainder of this year’s contract. (Radulov is signed in the KHL through next summer). Nikolaev made it very clear, but at the same time he did not want to disclose who the rich “benefactor” was.
But the fact that whoever this undisclosed person or entity is, they only bought out about a month of Radulov’s deal, and not the entire remainder.
What does this mean for Radulov?
Nikolaev added: “We have a contract with Salavat Yulaev on our hands. With a reservation that Alexander has a right to spend the 2012-2013 season overseas. After July 1 he will become a [restricted] free agent in the NHL and Nashville will make a contract offer. We will have something to compare it to, something to think about. If Radulov picks Nashville and there is a lockout, Alex will come back to Ufa without a problem. Or he will decide to start the new season in the KHL right away. Everything is in his hands.”
Anyone can agree that this is a very sweet deal for Radulov. He keeps his multi-million dollar KHL deal as a fallback and a bargaining chip when he negotiated with the Predators this summer.
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