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Rival GMs don’t like thought of Radulov coming back to help Predators

Mar 14, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

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The Nashville Predators are pretty excited about the possible return of Alexander Radulov to the team after spending four seasons away in the KHL. After the NHL made it clear that Radulov’s path was clear to come back to the NHL anytime he wants to, it’s something that has the Predators’ Western Conference rivals a bit perturbed.

James Mirtle of The Globe And Mail caught up with some rival executives in Florida at the GM meetings and some of them are not happy that Radulov essentially gets to come and go as he pleases.

“I understand it from Nashville’s perspective, that they didn’t initiate this,” Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. “The difficult part is from Radulov’s perspective [is] he did. He gets his cake and eats it, too. … From Radulov’s point of view, he wins on all fronts.”

Sounds like a bit of sour grapes there to me.

After all, when Radulov bolted for the KHL these GMs weren’t exactly shedding a tear for the Predators. That said, Preds GM David Poile did things the smart way and never cut off Radulov from their plans. They never sought to terminate his contract and even put him on the team’s clearing list so he’d be eligible for the playoffs this season. If nothing else, Poile comes out looking like the ideal Boy Scout here in being prepared for anything.

We should find out if Radulov is coming back to Nashville today or tomorrow as he’s meeting with KHL officials today.

  1. geo91 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    If this happens it’s going to happen a lot more from here out. I would gladly make $5,000,000 that isn’t taxed as hard as opposed to $850,000, then come back for the playoffs. Start an ugly trend, this will.

    • wadesworld242 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      Nope. Can’t happen ever again. 5 days after Radulov signed, the NHL and KHL agreed to honor each other’s contracts. Thus, the KHL will no longer sign players under NHL contract.

      • firstandonlywarning - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        Winner!

    • predswilrule - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      you obviously idnt keep up w/ the international agreement

  2. t16rich - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    The league should atleast make his cap hit the same as the team average. Get ready for 2013, cause if league dosn’t fix this BS, Radulov just proved to every Russian that screwing over your NHL team, only to make money in Russia does work. Don’t enter the draft unless you’re ready to commit 3 years to a city you might not love.

    • wadesworld242 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      Why exactly should the NHL punish the Predators with a cap hit?

      As stated in the post above, this situation can’t happen again.

      • t16rich - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        I see that now. My cap hit idea isnt fair. I am honestly more fired up by the fact he loses his final year on the rookie contract. Was he even at Preds camp this summer? He should be forced to be part of the team in some form, from the start of the season in order to lose that final rookie year. He shouldnt be allowed to play pro in Russia for a full season, then play 10 games for Nashville and give up his final rookie year. So it’s good to know it wont happen again but it also sucks to know that Radulov is the real winner here. Sure Nashville is now happy, but only after being pissed off at the kid for the past 3 years.

  3. AppealToReason - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    I hate the “He gets his cake and eats it, too” line. Whats the point of having food if you aren’t going to eat it?

    • loinstache - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      It’s an old saying that means you eat your cake but you still have it afterwards, as in it didn’t go away. Its meaning was more clear in its time.

  4. kitshky - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    I don’t want the team that was originally screwed by this selfish, angry lil b**ch to be screwed again, and it’s not like I have another solution … but the whole thing does stink.

    (and I dont trust the KHL for a second regardless of what they’ve “agreed upon” so I aint buying that this wont ever happen again)

    • crazemastercraze - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      i agree. also, its like he saw how well the team was doing all the hard work the players, coaching staff and management did, with a real shot at making it to the final and said “oh, NOW i’d like to play for you guys”. don’t ya think even a little bit it’ll rub some of the guys on that team the wrong way????

  5. predswilrule - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    ti6rich- but it rightfully is nashvilles call. they arent required to take him now. they should be, and are, the only ones that decide whats right for them. and i agree that the whole issue stinks and personally… i dont want him.

  6. paledevil - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    looks like its a turning a negative to a positive

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