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KHL President: Nashville punished Radulov for not signing a long-term deal

May 9, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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If you thought there was something more to Nashville suspending Alexander Radulov for partying and carousing before Game 2, then you’ll want to see what KHL President Alexander Medvedev had to say.

According to Yahoo!’s Dmitry Chesnokov, Medvedev believes Radulov’s one-game suspension is a form of revenge from the Predators.

Yes, seriously.

“The story with Radulov breaking team rules is Nashville’s payback to him for not signing in Nashville long term.”

Sound like a wacky conspiracy theory in the making? You better believe it. Of course if Radulov winds up going back to the KHL next season, this idea will only get more traction and become some sort of folklore in both Nashville and Russia.

Is it sour grapes from the head of the Russian pro league? More than likely. Seeing your top star bolt for your “rival” league at the end of the season is rough. Seeing him embarrass himself on a global scale by not being responsible enough to make it back for curfew is tough to swallow.

Hanging blame on the franchise because he didn’t get a long-term contract though is tough — but ultimately pretty empty talk.

  1. t16rich - May 9, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Go back to Russia. Your crappy personality far outweighs your skill. Go home where they will pay you to be a bad teammate. After this playoff run, you can guarantee KHL teams will offer him more money than an NHL team. Getting benched by a coach like Barry Trotz is only going to hurt your value, atleast in the NHL.

  2. vshehane - May 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    This really laughable. Trotz is a class guy who wouldn’t put up with a nitwit partying all night or hitting him in the face with a stick

  3. michiganhockey11 - May 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Put it in stone. He’ll be back in the KHL next season.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - May 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Very similar to Phoenix commentators saying Canadian media is unwarranted for bagging on the Phoenix/Glendale/Coyotes mess.

    • michiganhockey11 - May 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      Yeah, it’s not like Canada lost 2 franchises to the U.S. in the past 17 years……

      • lostpuppysyndrome - May 9, 2012 at 9:55 PM

        Victims of the times. The teams didn’t move for lack of interest in hockey. It is Canada you’re talking about after all.

  5. hines86for6 - May 9, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Who the hell cares what the president of the KHL thinks?

    Know your place, comrade.

  6. thehighcountrybear - May 9, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Yup…Trotz is a class guy no doubt! A class guy coaching a bunch of no-names and never wasses to perennial mediocrity. Trotz is a pro- management flunky who’s managed to hold his job by playing the corporate line, this while helping to dupe a naive fan base into believing the Nashville product is NHL grade hockey?

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