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Video: Ex-Nashville player nearly beheads Russian league coach

Feb 1, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

Former Nashville Predator Alex Radulov — now plying his trade for KHL squad Salavat Yulaev Ufa — has been lighting up message boards lately thanks to this viral video offering:

Details surrounding the incident are sketchy. Radulov’s played in 42 of Salavat Yulaev’s 46 games this season, including seven times in the last two weeks, and a recent RIA Novosti story said he was skipping an upcoming Euro Hockey Tour in Sweden to “recuperate after a tough sequence of games with his club.”

That said, the article suggested Radulov’s break was to recover from a heavy workload, not deal with impending assault charges.

As for the target of said slash — it appears to be Salavat goalkeeping coach Ilari Nackel, who must have a face made of granite or something. Nackel is Finnish, mind you. They’re a very stoic people.

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  1. lonespeed - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    No worries, he’s a hockey coach.

  2. sknut - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    They both acted like nothing happened that was amazing. Me thinks Radulov is a little sensitive and should just relax.

  3. danphipps01 - Feb 1, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Meanwhile, in the KHL…

  4. hockinj25 - Feb 1, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    I love how the guy next to him was laughing after

  5. barkar942 - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Well, I guess that should end any chance of a return to the NHL. I am amazed that the coach did absolutely nothing! I would have found the nearest stick and turn that schmo into a flag!

  6. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 3, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Next we’ll hear that Radulov was shot or had a “heart attack” and the paramedics stood around with their fingers in their noses for a half hour before doing anything about it.

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