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Video- Who Knew Alexander Radulov Had Such A Powerful Backhand?

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SYF's avatar

Shyeah, so how’s that “KHL is better than the NHL” working out for you, Alex???

Preds should just cut their losses with this guy.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 02/01/12 at 08:34 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Let’s clear something up here:

They guy he hit was the team’s *goalie* coach.  I personally, with that info, immediately became suspicious of what really happened.  Why would the goalie coach be chirpring Radulov?  Then I watched again, and the goalie coach said nothing to him.

I became more confused until someone else pointed out that it looks like Radulov is actually going for the glass.  Even the coach’s reaction indicates he knew it was an accident after Radulov put his glove up to say sorry.

So one of two things happened here:

#1.  Radulov lost it and went apecrap on the nearest individual for a second.

#2.  A Drunken Russian (redundant?) fan was giving it to him and Radulov had enough and went to whack the glass with his stick.

#3.  Something was said to him prior to the clip by the goalie coach, and he responded with violence on him.

I find #3 highly unlikely (but not impossible) given the coach’s reaction and the fact nobody else seemed to care either.  #1 is possible—I don’t know Radulov’s mentality or how mature he really is at this point.  #2 seems to make the most sense of the 3.

While that still doesn’t excuse it, at least he’s not trying to bludgeon his team’s goalie coach (pulling a Ray Emery I guess).  It still does mean he has a temper he needs to deal with.

I doubt he cares.  He’s making money by the boatloads, he’s the reigning KHL MVP and a Cup champ there, and was recently named the “Best Player on the Planet Not in the NHL”.

Posted by Primis on 02/02/12 at 12:55 AM ET

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