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Radulov can come back to the Predators any time he wants

Mar 13, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

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Should Alexander Radulov wish to come back to the NHL after a four-year self-imposed exile to the KHL, he’ll be allowed to do so without any problems.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells Dan Rosen of that if Radulov wishes to return to the Nashville Predators he can do so without any problems at all. This means that Radulov won’t need to go through re-entry waivers and he’ll be able to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs with the team as well. Rosen does highlight one point of interest should he come back.

If Radulov does return this season, he would be fulfilling the final year of eligibility on his entry-level contract and therefore could become a restricted free agent July 1. Nashville GM David Poile said he believes the time is right for Radulov to return and he’s hoping to have him in Nashville soon.

If you think Radulov’s KHL contract could prevent him from coming back over, fear not. Slava Malamud of Sport-Express in Russia reports that Radulov has an out clause in his contract to allow him to return to the NHL.

Pavel Lysenkov of Sovietsky Sport reports that Radulov’s agent says a decision could come by Thursday as to whether or not he’ll be joining the Predators. The smart money here says that Radulov will be a Predator again and could be on the ice with them in a week.

  1. vshehane - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    All is forgiven, come on back to Smashville!

  2. barkar942 - Mar 13, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Will coach Trotz be wearing a helmet with a full shield to protect himself from Radulov’s stick work skills while he is on the bench?

  3. nobandwagoners - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Nashville would seriously just welcome him back just like that after he bolted? And let him play the last two months of the regular season (and playoffs) and thereby fulfil the final year on his contract? Wow, that’s a great deal for Radulov.

    Is it a great deal for the Preds? Sure, they could use Radulov’s skill (which team couldn’t?) and maybe are looking to go deep in this year’s playoffs (the Pred’s would be a scary match up for any team – as a Nucks’ fan, I’m hoping the Nucks don’t draw the Preds). But this all seems really opportunistic by Radulov and his camp; if I was the Poile I’d hope it wouldn’t cause any turmoil within the ranks.

    I’d wait to welcome Radulov back at the start of next year and make him put in a FULL year’s service with the Preds.

  4. vshehane - Mar 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Yep, we will seriously welcome him back and so would you.

  5. uscthom78 - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Consistent application of the reentry waiver rules. I believe NHL stands for Nashville Has Leverage.

  6. kitshky - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    This is a joke, he’s a punk and the NHL is rewarding him for it. He should hit waivers like everyone else.

    That being said (and as a Nuck fan I’m with ya it makes Nashville hell of a lot more dangerous) it’d probably be unfair to Nashville to let this lil sh*t completely screw them over…

  7. rsl22 - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    ….but Turco can’t play in the playoffs?

  8. vshehane - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    I don’t think Turcos was under contract. Rads has never been not under contract with the Preds.

  9. vshehane - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Sorry, Turco. Hate iPad typing.

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