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The Latest On Radulov

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

Alexander Radulov is free to return to the Predators thanks to a deal between the forward and his Russian team, according to a report.

Radulov has reached an agreement with Ufa Salavat that would release him from his contract with the Kontinental Hockey League team, according to Slava Malamud, a correspondent for the Russian daily Sports-Express.

The deal was one of the final hurdles — of which there were many — for Radulov to return to the Predators and the NHL. Provided all goes smoothly, the expectation is for Radulov to return to Nashville this week.

“I was informed when we came off the ice about that,” Coach Barry Trotz said after the Predators beat the Ducks here on Sunday. “And if that’s the case I think that’s probably pretty clear, I felt very confident he was coming over, that it just sounded like there was sort of a release problem.


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mrfluffy's avatar

It’s still bullisht.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 03/19/12 at 01:41 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Trotz also says he doesn’t expect Radulov back in time to play Tuesday.

If Radulov doesn’t play Tuesday (and can’t realistically be expected to have played), then does he get credit for the year played still?  The rule is that he has to get in 10 games.  Will the NHL waive another of their rules to do this guy a favor?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/19/12 at 02:01 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Nevermind. CBA confusion strikes again.  The need to play 10 games or have your EL contract extended is a complicated rule that has an easy out even if Radulov actually meets any of the criteria to have it extended (which I don’t actually know and won’t be arsed to look up, since it doesn’t matter regardless).

“Unless a Player and Club expressly agree to the contrary”

... which I don’t see why they wouldn’t in this horrible case.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/19/12 at 02:12 AM ET

Ducksworth's avatar

It’s still bullisht.


Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 03/19/12 at 02:43 AM ET

Itrusteddrrahmani's avatar

I’m sorry, I haven’t been paying much attention to this situation.  But i’ve heard some grumblings.  Why is this a problem? Are they circumventing the CBA or something?

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 03/19/12 at 08:50 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I hope he breaks his ankle walking off the plane.

Posted by Primis on 03/19/12 at 09:08 AM ET

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