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Alexander Radulov has entered the building (or at least Nashville)

Mar 20, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

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Excuse the clunky Elvis reference, but for fans of the NHL as a whole, it’s hard not to get excited about Alexander Radulov’s return to Nashville. Dmitry Chesnokov provides this tantalizing update: he’ll take a physical tonight and should participate in the Predators’ morning skate on Wednesday.

Long story short, you can almost pencil him in to play for the Predators against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, which seems fitting as it will place Sidney Crosby‘s even-bigger comeback at the one-week mark.

If that holds true and Radulov manages to play in the remaining regular season games, he’ll have nine contests to get acquainted with teammates and try to find his groove with linemates. That’s not a ton of time, but on the bright side, Radulov does have some roots with the organization after scoring 95 points in 145 games for Nashville 2006-07 through 07-08.

It should be fascinating to watch and, yes, you might as well go ahead and add him to your fantasy teams right now. (We won’t judge – much.)

Update: here is a photo of Radulov arriving in Nashville – and looking quite happy – via the Predators’ PR staff:

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  1. thatsdoinit - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Maybe if he had been there tonight the Preds wouldn’t have gotten pumped by the Oilers.

  2. vshehane - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Oliver’s season will soon be over.

  3. kitshky - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    and in a related note … all Nashville coaches are getting fitted for helmets.

  4. howardforvezina - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    It is late in the season and its obvious hes only back because he thinks he can win the cup. I think if your coming over from a country past the deadline you MUST go through waivers like Nabokov.

  5. dougr42 - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    first time i’ve ever seen him smiling in a picture

  6. lakedude - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    You’d smile to if your part time gig paid you a million $.

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