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by Paul on 06/03/12 at 06:55 AM ET
It’s getting closer to UFA day, so I become a little more lenient on what I post. What do you think of this one?
via the Russian website Championet (translated),
General Manager, “Rangers’ Glen Sather began negotiations with the” Nashville “to acquire the rights to forward Alexander Radulov, who on July 1 will become a restricted free agent, according to North American media.
26-year-old Radulov has a tempting offer from CSKA Moscow, but according to the source prefers to pursue a career in the NHL. “Rangers” before you barter the right of the player wants to get a few days for exclusive negotiations with Radulov, to understand its needs and aspirations. Recall that the best sniper “sinerubashechnikov” Marian Gaborik because of shoulder surgery back in operation only for the new year.
Update: This rumor comes from the New York Post’s Larry Brooks, and here it is in English:
Acting with deliberate speed in the wake of the news 41-goal scorer Marian Gaborik will require right shoulder surgery that could sideline the sniper into December of next season, Rangers general manager Glen Sather has been in touch with Predators GM David Poile regarding impending Group II free agent winger Alexander Radulov, The Post has learned.
Radulov, who will turn 26 next month, has a lucrative contract offer on the table from CKSA of the KHL, the league in which he played the last four seasons before returning to the Predators for the stretch run and the playoffs, but a well-placed source has told The Post the winger would prefer to continue his career in the NHL.
The 6-1, 190-pounder scored 18 goals as a rookie in 2005-06 and 26 goals the following season before defecting to the KHL with one year remaining on his Entry Level contract.
The degree to which these discussions between Sather and Poile have advanced is unknown, but The Post has learned this is more than the GM “kicking the tires.” The Blueshirts, of course, would have to be given a window in which to conduct contract negotiations with Radulov before agreeing to trade for his rights.
It is unlikely Poile will play hardball, given the alternative is losing him for nothing to the KHL.
That offer from CKSA, whose GM is Sergei Fedorov, adds a degree of urgency to the Blueshirts’ pursuit of Radulov, who recorded seven points (3-4) in nine-regular season games for the Predators before getting six points (1-5) in eight playoff games.
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