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Report: Detroit “fuming” over Radulov return

Mar 20, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

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On Tuesday, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun shed some light on reactions to Alexander Radulov’s return to the NHL. The Russian forward is projected to soon become a member of the Nashville Predators, something a few NHLers weighed in on.

Washington’s Joel Ward said Radulov would be “an asset” while Alex Ovechkin said he’s “probably the biggest star” in the KHL. One of the most intriguing responses, though, came from Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk.

“I know he’s a good guy and good player too,” Datsyuk told ESPN. “Lots of skill. He’s one of best KHL players for [the] last three years.

“Big help for Nashville Predators. Not good for us.”

That comment led LeBrun to reveal the following:

Datsyuk nailed it at the end of his comment there, saying “not good for us.” The way the Wings are playing right now, and with a first-round date against Nashville likely at this point, no wonder the Wings’ organization was privately fuming last week when the NHL announced its Radulov decision.

The Wings experienced a similar situation in 2010 when forward Jiri Hudler announced he was leaving the KHL to return to Detroit. In 2009, Hudler spurned a two-year, arbitrator-awarded deal to sign with Dynamo Moscow…a club that would eventually fold.

The issue? Even though Dynamo released Hudler on Apr. 18 — five days after the NHL playoffs began — he was ineligible for postseason play because he was not on the Wings’ roster prior to the March trade deadline.

Obviously, Hudler’s case is different from Radulov’s. Hudler left at the end of his contract (meaning Detroit retained his rights) whereas Radulov left during his (meaning he owed Nashville a year of service). Yet the Red Wings organization is still privately seething about this, especially with rumors that Radulov will head back to the KHL next season.

Detroit isn’t the only organization upset with Radulov’s return. St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong claimed Radulov’s case became a contentious debate at the GM meetings in Boca Raton, saying Radulov “gets his cake and eats it, too.”

  1. ryanlarimore - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    From Pro Hockey Talk, reaction to the Radulov situation

  2. vshehane - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Anything that makes the deadwings unhappy makes me very happy. And as far as the Blues, you just know the your ownage by the Preds this season continues.

    • motownsfinest - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      Lol you refer to us as the deadwings when that term was used before your franchise was even around lmao. And on top of that we’ve slapped 4 cups down since 97 in the division you currently reside in. Preds fans finally make it past round 1 and they decide to come out of the woodwork lol.

  3. haterzgonahate - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    it’s okay Detroit.. Russians are only clutch in the Playoffs when wearing the winged wheel

    • miketoasty - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      You obviously don’t remember Evgeni Malkin in the 2009 playoffs. I wouldn’t want to either if I was a wings fan.

  4. sportsinhd - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Or playing in a Penguin jersey and finishing off the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals (Malkin).

  5. braddavery - Mar 20, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    The same Detroit who tried to pull a fast one by attempting in essence to “steal” Evgeni Nabokov for the late stretch last season? lol

    • m1lla7 - Mar 20, 2012 at 8:15 PM

      Didn’t Detroit try to get him way before the deadline, not almost a month after.

      • braddavery - Mar 20, 2012 at 8:23 PM

        I was commenting on how they were trying to “sneak” him through. They were a playoff team trying to quietly acquire an all-star goalie from overseas later in the season.

    • Scott - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Nabokov was a long shot to clear waivers and the Wings knew it. It wasn’t a sneaky move. It was done in broad daylight. And adding a backup goalie kind of pales in comparison to the Preds adding a two-time KHL MVP and a guy widely considered to be the best player not playing in the NHL.

      That said, II have no issue with Radulov joining the Preds. They own his rights. End of story. And I wonder if the Red Wings are actually “fuming.” Talk about lack of journalistic sourcing. There’s not an even an unnamed source behind this one.

    • rajshaman - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      Nonsense. No one can sneak it through. That is why isles got him

      • braddavery - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:32 AM

        Detroit thought that no one would claim him. Of course anyone COULD have claimed him, but they, and he, let it be known that he had every intention to ONLY sign with Detroit and did not WANT any other team to claim him. That’s all I meant. The Islanders took a risk on signing him and he showed he had no intention on playing for them because he wanted to play for Detroit and Detroit wanted him. This wasn’t a simple “player wants back into the NHL and would play for whoever claimed him” scenario.

  6. paperlions - Mar 20, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    I can tell you from experience, if you aren’t allowed to eat the cake you have…you may as well not even have it.

  7. chibimike - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Got to love a league that randomly makes up the rules as they go along.

    • rajshaman - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      They do not randomly make up the rules. Bettman sucks up to Pittsburgh and other struggling franchises and pisses on the Wings systematically.

  8. rajshaman - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    The Red Wings and every other contender should be furious over the Bettman games that are played as he makes up the rules to favor whoever he wants.

  9. redwingliger - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    As a wings fan I can understand why they would be unhappy because of the (seemingly) double standard disallowing Hudler, but what else is new with Bettman and the NHL? It is a pretty fine line Gary Bettman is walking despite the minor differences in the two individual players. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Bettman and the corrupt NHL, but who cares one man doesn’t make a team so we’ll just have to defend against him intelligently.

  10. redwingliger - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    As for Evgeni Malkin, in 2009 he should have been suspended for the spear on Henrik Zetterberg, (which was violent enough to tear his sweater) but he wasn’t even assessed a two-minute penalty for that dirty play. In the same series a too many men on the ice penalty was completely ignored even though the entire world could see the lineman looking all around the Red Wings defensive end of the ice. It was very obvious that he was counting Penguins players as the extra Penguins player (whom was the sixth skater on the ice for something like 2:41) skated to the bench in front of him. And that was just one of several penalties that were ignored by the referees and linemen during that series. Anyone who doesn’t believe that the NHL gave the Stanley Cup victory in that series to the Pittsburgh Penguins is living in complete denial and has absolutely no concept of reality!

  11. redwingliger - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    In fact you could tell how displeased Gary Bettman was in 2008 when he had to award yet another Stanley Cup to the Detroit red wings. Anyone who knows anything about reading a person’s body language could tell you how upset Bettman was, and how he couldn’t wait to get off the ice after awarding the cup to Niklas Lidstrom!!! All you “Dead Wings” haters sound like immature little babies with an overload of jealousy in your diapers. Why just because the Red Wings made the playoffs for the last 20 years in a row, (well I have news for you it doesn’t look like they’re going to slow down anytime soon). Get a grip babies… I’m tired of hearing all of you whiners who hate the Red Wings because they are a perennial playoff team. Show a little class, and at least try to display some sportsmanship (even though it is obvious you don’t know what the word is) it’s fine if you are jealous of the Red Wings, but quit acting so immature.

  12. redwingliger - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Lastly if you want to complain and bellyache then I suggest you do so to your favorite teams ownership and front office personnel for missing on players such as Holmstrom (257th overall round 10) Zetterberg (210th overall round seven) Datsyuk (171st overall round six)! Don’t forget Bettman instilled the salary cap in order to break up the Red Wings team and even though it cost us some awesome players, it didn’t derail the franchise like he’d planned for it to.

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