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Update: Radulov’s KHL team eliminated, “returning to Nashville” rumors heat up

Mar 9, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

Following up on yesterday’s rumors that former Predator Alexander Radulov was contemplating a return to Nashville, Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov tweeted this after Radulov’s Salavat Yulaev Ufa team was eliminated from Gagarin Cup playoffs:

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The loss was a stunner for Salavat Yulaev. The KHL website reports the reigning Gagarin Cup winners were “sensationally knocked out” of the competition, and one would assume this had a lot to do with Radulov being on the roster. He led the KHL in scoring (63 points in 50 games) and was the reigning league MVP after setting a scoring record in 2010-11 (20G-60A-80PTS.)

Will this play a role in Radulov’s potential return to North America? Hard to say. The more important factor might be that — if he does want to fully resume his NHL career — he needs to play out the final year of his entry-level deal with Nashville.

Doing so would allow him to enter free agency, which is a big dangling carrot. Radulov could cash in with a solid end-of-season/playoff performance, especially since this summer’s free agent forward market has thinned out with the likes of Ales Hemsky, Mikhail Grabovski and Tuomo Ruutu all re-upping with their respective clubs.

  1. hibackhand - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    That would be Rad

  2. danphipps01 - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Get back Radulov, that convinces Suter to stay, which then convinces Weber to stay. Put it all together, build glorious roster going forward. Pick up another scoring forward or two in the offseason, go for the Cup next year. =D

    • kitshky - Mar 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      Thats a scary idea …

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Sounds nice on paper but where will Smashville get the money? Rads was sick to watch and I hope he comes back to the NHL but can the Preds afford the trio?

      • danphipps01 - Mar 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        Their shiny new rentals actually take up like five mil against the cap. If they don’t resign them (and I wouldn’t sign Kostitsyn again, myself), that’d give them something to work with. End of the day, they’re gonna have to pay in if they want to keep those guys. There’s no other way about it – they’ve gotta pay up or accept mediocrity and underachievement and their best players walking away forever.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 9, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        No doubt. For Smashville’s sake, they better hope they get all 3.

  3. vshehane - Mar 9, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    I wish you guys knew as much about Predators hockey as you pretend.

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