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It’s official: Alexander Radulov is a Predator

Mar 21, 2012, 11:59 AM EST

David Poile, Alexander Radulov

After all the Twitter stalking and airplane tracking, it’s official: Alexander Radulov is officially back with the Nashville Predators.

Preds GM David Poile re-introduced Radulov to the media in Nashville this morning ahead of the team’s practice and he couldn’t be more excited about bringing the KHL’s leading scorer and former top prospect back to town.

“Adding the best player in the world not currently in the National Hockey League can only help the Nashville Predators,” Poile said. “Alex is a terrific talent and a proven goal-scorer who will now have a chance to help the Predators and play against the best teams and players in the world. We always believed he would return. We welcome him back and look forward to his contributions.”

Radulov’s return to the Predators now has fans wondering just how coach Barry Trotz is going to juggle his lines. Adding someone of Radulov’s ability to a team that’s already successful means someone is going to have sit out.

Tom Callahan of the Predators’ website takes a look at what he thinks Trotz will do with his forward unit and sees Radulov potentially starting out on the team’s top line with Mike Fisher and Martin Erat. While the Predators might not have superstar forward talent, throwing three lines of second-line type of players will give teams fits on how to defend them and that’s just how Barry Trotz wants it to be.

  1. kantnockdahustle89 - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Is it really true he has to return to KHL again next year? If I was the Preds I wouldn’t let him play.

    • abrienza428 - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      Why not? Nashville has perennially been just below a great team, and they feel this might be the year they could get over the hump and make a deep run. The benefits of adding a player of his talent greatly outweigh any risks I think.

      • kantnockdahustle89 - Mar 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        I agree with what you are saying as far as how good he is and he will definitely help. Im just saying he screwed the Preds by leaving now they are just going to let him come in for a few games then leave again? He is abusing the crap out of them.

  2. cmutimmah - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    The agreement that he has to return to the KHL, the lack of waivers and adding a player after the trade deadline that is still elligible for the playoffs … This entire thing makes the NHL look like shizzz. OK – How is this, since they only have to pay a very small portion of his contracted salary, why don’t teams send a few of their best players to the KHL next year, then call them back after the KHL season ends, and with all that extra cap room they’ll have they can sign all the top free agents and still be under the cap when they call in the reinforcements…

    What a joke! Nice work, Betman and Co.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      this kinda opens the door for all kinds of wheeling and dealing doesnt it? i feel that some loopholes will be closed come collective bargaining time

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