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Trotz: Radulov “knows he has to change in a lot of aspects, on ice, off ice”

May 11, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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When Alexander Radulov decided to rejoin the Nashville Predators in March, the question was if he would be willing to stay on beyond the 2011-12 campaign. Now, after his defensive struggles in the playoffs and missing curfew before Game 2 of the second round, the question is if the Predators even want him back.

“He knows he has to change in a lot of aspects, on ice, off ice, the way he trains, all those types of things,” Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. “We had a long conversation on that. He seems to be very committed to that now.”

As we reported earlier, Radulov was playing with “a little crack in the knee” that will probably require surgery, so that could explain some of his shortcomings on the ice.

Radulov is only a restricted free agent, but there’s no guarantee that he’ll end up playing for Nashville next season. He’s just one of the many big story lines this franchise has going into the summer.

  1. jeffersonkostilnick - May 11, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Radulov really needs to step up and clean up his act. It’ll be a shame if he wastes all that potential. Speaking of ashamed, I literally just crapped my pants at work. Oh boy, the Boss isn’t going be pleased about this. 😦

  2. hiltonandastoria - May 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    He won’t be back, they will move him this off-season

  3. michiganhockey11 - May 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    He’ll be back in the KHL.

    • hines86for6 - May 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      What’s with all the empty seats at the Joe in that pic?

      I thought the Wings had the best fans in the NHL?

  4. vshehane - May 11, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    I get the impression Trotzy is preparing everyone that the Preds will be resigning him. I may be wrong.

  5. cspuck7 - May 11, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Nice Hines…keep taking all of the shots you want, I’m sure you know so much about hockey after your team’s been in the league for all of what 10 years and made it to the 2nd round once? Oh by the way, where are you and your buddies now to talk about the Preds being the “new way of the NHL”? Phoenix beat you SOUNDLY at your own game, and your superstar goalie got outplayed by Smith. No doubt Rinne will be a great goalie for years to come, but free agency will hit you hard this summer. It will be great seeing Suter in the winged wheel next fall

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