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Video: Jones, Roenick slam Alex Radulov

Apr 29, 2012, 11:04 PM EDT

Nashville Predators semi-rental Alex Radulov is the kind of player who can turn the tide of a series, but in the case of Game 2, it wasn’t in his team’s favor. While it’s not fair to single him out exclusively – David Legwand‘s gaffe might be a standout moment of futility and Pekka Rinne had a night to forget – these are the kind of evenings that won’t earn the free-agent-to-be a big contract.

Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick offered a harsh reprisal of his performance in the video below:

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  1. prov1x - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Deserved criticism, he has been lazy and ineffective. Legwand’s gaffe was mind blowing. Short series if they don’t wake up.

    • odj810 - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      yea looking at the video thats pretty horrendous.

  2. mclovinhockey - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    He drew a call with that dive.

  3. hines86for6 - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Bad couple games, maybe, but worst out there, hell no.

    Rads is a creative player, who sets up unorthodox scoring chances (i.e. forecheck turnovers, blind passes from the boards to the circle)

    Our other forwards havent been in position enough to take advantage of his playing style.

    He had 5 pts in a game 5 series against Detroit; I’m not about to panic.

    Here’s a novel thought: get him off the 2nd line with Legwand and rookie bourque, and let him play with Erat on the 1st line. 2 best puck handlers on the team. Bump SK74 to whatever line his brother is playing on.

    Erat and Rads could also jumpstart Mike Fisher who was our 2nd leading goal scorer in reg ssn and hasn’t registered a goal in 7 playoff games.

    The only positive I can take from these 2 games is that oir PP seems to have waken up.

    Look for Rinne to return to form back in Nashville Wednesday.

    • eggserino - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      I don’t know what RADulov you’ve been watching. Bourque has looked like a world beater in this playoffs. Maybe his “creativity” doesn’t fit in Nashville’s system. It’s not like guys can just camp out in the circles awaiting a pass. Clearly, this type of “creativity” requires knowing your teammates and building timing together by playing together regularly. Radulov’s selfishness about his contract situation has made him a player who doesn’t know his teammates well enough to be “creative.”

      Please don’t panic. Just be prepared for Radulov to continue to play poorly and for Nashville to exit stage left.

    • stakex - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      After watching that ugly lowlight reel I don’t think you have much to back up your statement. It would be very hard to put together such an awful trailer of fail for any other player on the ice.

      And you think he needs MORE ice time? You have a player who is being very lazy, and its cost you goals… the last thing you want to do is give him MORE ice time. I don’t think anyone would question that he does have offensive talent, but if hes costing your team more goals then hes scoring hes no good to you.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        Hit the nail on the head there, stakex. You reward players for hard work, not slacking off. Legwand and Bourque aren’t the problem here.

  4. saintez - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Hines86for6. Great comment! Couldn’t agree more.

  5. hky15 - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    That’s cold!

  6. hky15 - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    … but it’s reality. Love the “perhaps they don’t have as many cameras in KHL as we do in NHL!” comment.

  7. highlander24 - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    I love their take on it. 47 in white is nothing but a disaster to himself and his team.

  8. eggserino - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    JUST AS I PREDICTED BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS STARTED! Pssst… Mr. Poile… Radulov sucks. Don’t re-sign him… Oh, and Mr. Trotz, lookout for your face when he’s on the bench. He might get mad about losing and hit you in the face with his stick…

  9. dairyguy - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    I did notice some of Rads lack of effort getting back to play D. He has so much offensive stick handling and passing skill if we could harness that more and get him to play with more effort. He could be a difference maker if he wants to.

  10. eggserino - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Is Radulov the second coming of Alexi Yashin?!

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      Raddy don’t do skating…

  11. dannythebisforbeast - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Hahahha 47 in white..there he is again 47 in white. Kinda looks like Jeff carter floating on the ice like

  12. mclovinhockey - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Radulov…. More like…. BADulov

  13. dinisco - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    How about a lowlight real on Roenick. Why would anyone choose to mic this guy? Did he seriously not know the name of the “Russian league”? What a joke. There has to be a more intelligent former player that can do analysis. The guy’s far less capable of doing his job that Radulov is of doing his.

    Rad’s back checking was pathetic and he should be ashamed, especially in a playoff game. However, offensively everyone loses the puck and misses the net. You could do a low light real of the best players in the game and make them look bad in the offensive zone. Preds need this guy’s puck skills. Coach needs to kick him in the ass a little bit. Maybe you bench him to send a message, but ultimately, you want him on the ice.

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