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Radulov: “I didn’t come back that late”

May 1, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

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Predators forward Alex Radulov spoke to the media today after the team announced that he, along with fellow forward Andrei Kostitsyn, would miss tomorrow’s Game 3 against Phoenix for breaking team rules.

Via The Tennessean, here’s what Radulov had to say for himself:

On the team’s decision for him to sit tomorrow…

Radulov: “It’s between me and [general manager] David Poile. I’m going to get out there for our whole team, for all of the guys, and support and do what I can do for myself. Hopefully, those guys can get out there and win – get game three. That whole situation – I don’t really want to get into it. I don’t think it’s good [to get into it]. Hopefully, everything is going to go well for our team and we’ll battle through it.”

On whether he’s talked to the team…

Radulov: “I did. It’s been a whole situation about it. It was something that was wrong, but something that it wasn’t really the way it was. Again I don’t want to get into it and try to prove anything. It was something that I didn’t do right, but, like I said before, something wasn’t right. They brought it up – not on our team, the people. I don’t want to talk about those people who did that – let it be on their side. It is just the way it is.”

On whether he knew he was breaking a team rule…

Radulov: “Yeah. I didn’t come back that late – the same. But like I said before, I don’t want to talk about it. They did what they have to do. I’m good with that. I’m disappointed and understand what is my mistake. I really hope that everything is going to work out for our team better and if I get a chance to play again, maybe in the future, I’ll do what it will take to help the team to win and basically that is it.”

So let’s get this straight — Radulov admits he broke team rules, but he didn’t break them as badly as people have been saying? Is that the gist of things?

It’s been reported that Radulov and Kostitsyn were spotted in Scottsdale at 4am Saturday morning, which would make it 13 hours before Game 2 in Glendale.

But maybe it wasn’t “that late.”

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  1. thehighcountrybear - May 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    By the by, where the hell do Cam Cole and John Shannon get-off assuming roles as playground tattlers if the quotes as attributed are true? Here, you’ve got a couple of pudge puds sharing information well beyond any sense of propriety or decency…what happened to notions of discretion? It’s always the jealous wannabes and never wasses grasping for a bit of cheap ink that chime-in on these sordid little by-plays; what, a player can’t get a little polluted the night before a game anymore [ Dock Ellis claimed to have been under the influence of LSD when he threw a no-hitter ]? Rat-faced exposés like these smack of the same stuff Avery’s sloppy-seconds drama smacked of…

    • elvispocomo - May 1, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      They have the right to tweet whatever they see as news, just like you have the right to rant about whatever you see as bulls***. You’re welcome to follow Timmy Thomas on Facebook if you want to know more about the rights and freedoms of the American people.

      • kitshky - May 1, 2012 at 8:39 PM

        ‘thehighcountrybear’ cat is getting closer and closer to the world where the soup can “army” of one lives permanently and habsman vacations from time to time … it’s getting less and less worth even responding to him at times.

  2. sabatimus - May 1, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Well, at least he manned up and admitted he broke the rule. Even if it’s clear he doesn’t like the rule.

  3. lordfletcher - May 1, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Radulov was more than likely going to be benched for game #3 and so one, due to his performance on the ice ….. this just makes it that much easier for management.

    Radulov, enjoy going back home next year. I can’t imagine any team offering him a contract this summer

  4. Doesnotmatter - May 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Don’t know why this is such a big deal. The Preds are gonna deal with this. Bench both of them for the entire playoffs. Send Radulov on his way ( probably KHL ) and trade Kostitsyn for a bag of pucks. I hate Roenick’s rants.

  5. thehighcountrybear - May 2, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Good to see mom let klitshy out of the basement…just long enough to get his hand out of his pants and back on the keyboard. Piss off insect…

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