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Report: Radulov’s NHL release contingent on returning to KHL

Mar 19, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

From Puck Daddy/TSN contributor Dmitry Chesnokov, the latest from the Alex Radulov-to-Nashville saga:



— Here’s a quote from KHL President Alexander Medvedev (courtesy Puck Daddy):

“He [Radulov] does not intend to sign any long term contract with Nashville. Alexander will satisfy his old contract by playing the end of the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Then he will become a restricted free agent in accordance with NHL rules. After that [when Radulov turns 27 and he becomes an unrestricted free agent] he will have a right to sign a contract with any NHL club.

“But we believe that next season Alexander will come back to the KHL where the rights to him belong to Ufa. And how [the club] handles those rights, it is up to Salavat Yulaev.”

— Here’s how Medvedev and Salavat Yulaev probably want this to play out: 1) Radulov plays the remainder of Nashville’s regular season. 2) Predators lose in the opening playoff round. 3) Radulov finishes the NHL postseason quickly enough to play for Russia at the 2012 IIHF World Championships. 4) He returns to the Salavat in the fall to defend his KHL scoring title.

— Here’s how Radulov probably wants this to play out: 1) Join the Preds, fulfill final year of contractual obligation to organization. 2) Become restricted free agent. 3) Return to KHL for a year, turn 27 (on July 5, 2013). 4) Become unrestricted free agent. 5) Sign big deal with any NHL suitor of his choosing, freed from the burden of RFA status.

— In light of this development, it’s not surprising Nashville GM David Poile’s statement was short on details. Do the Predators even want Radulov back under these circumstances?

  1. t16rich - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Longterm Nashville Predators success is the last thing on this guys mind. He’s setting himself up for the best contracts available and thats it. He has never properlly commited to a contract he has signed, obviouslly in both countries or the KHL would have never released this statement. I still find it stupid that he loses his last year of rookie eligibilty without even attending training camp. Thank god he is our last example of this BS.

  2. furkmyster - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    How can he go from an RFA to a UFA the following year by sitting another season out? That seems kind of strange to me.

    • Mike Halford - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      This is from the NHL CBA page:


      How will Free Agency work?

      Unrestricted Free Agency – For the 2005-06 season, a player age 31 with four accrued seasons will be an unrestricted free agent; in 2006-07, a player age 29 with four accrued seasons or with eight accrued seasons; in 2007-08, a player age 28 with four accrued seasons or with seven accrued seasons; beginning in 2008-09 and for the duration of the agreement, a player age 27 with four accrued seasons or with seven accrued seasons will be an unrestricted free agent. For purposes of qualifying for unrestricted free agency, the 2004-05 cancelled season will be counted as a year of accrued service.

      So I’m guessing he qualifies under those guidelines.

      • furkmyster - Mar 19, 2012 at 9:58 PM

        06-07, 07-08, and this year if he reports are his only accrued seasons. He was drafted in 04, so I guess that would give him his 4 years if the cancelled season counts as a year. So if Nashville qualifies him before season end, do they squat on his rights again, or does he become a UFA?

  3. uscthom78 - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    I guess circumventing salary cap rules is not always as easy as it appears.

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