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Radulov Will Have Options For Next Season

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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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Radulov Will Have Options For Next Season

Like the option to play in Russia next season or sit together with his NHLPA brothers through a lengthy lockout caused by the NHL demanding an end to guaranteed contracts, since the Radulov situation is an indication that they’re a clear hindrance to primadonnas and the scorned teams they’ve abandoned.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/19/12 at 12:18 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Nashville is already looking like a very scary playoff team, and I have to hope that this mockery of the CBA will be their undoing.  Get a guy for 10 games who fvcks up the room and helps to lose in the first round, and then signs somewhere else - that is what they deserve here.  And I really like this team.  But this is straight cheating.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/19/12 at 12:38 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

So anybody (besides me) want to speculate as to bought out his contract?  My guesses:

1. The Nashville Predators.  They’re desperate for playoff success and are doing better financially than ever before.
2. The National Hockey League.  They’re not above helping out one of their project franchises, and also desire better relations with the KHL, which a small cash payment might help with.
3. Radulov himself. He’s hoping to accelerate they day he gets grownup free agent money in the NHL.  If the buyout price were reasonable enough it may be worth his while and within his means to pay up.

I’ll admit number 3 is a longshot, but I can’t imagine any other candidates.

Posted by Savage Henry on 03/19/12 at 01:07 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I severely doubt it’s the Preators just because buying out Radulov’s contract looks an AWFUL lot like trying to hide compensation given to a player.

Of course, the only organizations which have both the ability to be mad about that and the scope to do anything about it are the NHL and the NHLPA, and I don’t think they’re exactly firing up the torches for this witch hunt.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/19/12 at 01:16 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

I’m sure it was the NHL.  This is about being top-dog.  We need all the best players over here to maintain supremacy and fairness is definitely trumped by this need.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 03/19/12 at 02:39 PM ET


Is making the Russian Olympic Team conditional on his returning to the KHL next season..if they are holding this over his head maybe he will go home. Seriously no Russian like Datsyuk or OV are going to give up a chance for Gold in their home country in 2013 raspberry

Posted by Barb Miller from Windsor on 03/19/12 at 06:10 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

Possibly one of the Nashville corporate sponsors. A deep playoff run would increase their exposure and might be worth the additional advertising cost.

My inclination is someone from this side of the Atlantic, but I do wonder if it might not have been the owner of another KHL team. Helping him out on the condition that when he returns to the KHL next year, he requests a trade to the team that helped him out? Convoluted but I could see it.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 03/20/12 at 06:01 AM ET

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