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Predators GM admits team will part ways with Alexander Radulov

Jun 5, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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It seemed that Alexander Radulov‘s days with the Nashville Predators were numbered from the moment that Barry Trotz decided him to suspend him during the playoffs, but now it’s almost official. Reports of intense interest from the KHL and even the New York Rangers have already surfaced, but now Predators GM David Poile even told the Tennessean that the team will either trade his rights to another team or let him return to the KHL.

“The best way to characterize it is it’s time to not pursue Rad anymore,” Poile said. “If he wants to play in the KHL that’s fine, if he wants to play with another NHL team I’d be willing to trade his rights.”

When asked if it would be safe to say that Radulov won’t be with the Predators next season, Poile said: “I would say right now that would be safe to say.”

As messy as the two-game suspensions for Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn were, it’s hard not to get the “afterall that?” feeling from this situation. The Predators waited years to get the rising young forward back to the NHL and then he ultimately played just 17 games (nine regular season, eight in the playoffs) for the Preds.

In that time he was quite productive, yet that curfew snafu clearly soured Trotz & Co. on the pending restricted free agent.

It’s likely that a KHL team could make Radulov quite happy, but considering the brief tease in the NHL, it only heightens the curiosity regarding what kind of career he could generate in North America. It’ll be interesting to see if that ends up happening after all, yet one thing seems clear: you can mark “return to the Predators” off the list of possibilities.

  1. scionofflame - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Nashville hoped he was more matured and ready to commit. Apparently Poile and Trotz didn’t think that he was where he needed to be for the Predators as a team. I’d rather see him go than see him be a drag on the team, and same with any other Predator.

    Wish the best to him.

  2. rarelyshaves - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    In all honesty, lets just accept that Russians are destined to stay in the KHL

    They dont like the hard work and bruising nature of North American hockey. That’s fine – I’m sick of seeing them under achieve in the NHL.

    • sportsfreak13 - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      is that why a Russian led the NHL in points this year?

      • rarelyshaves - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:14 PM

        …yes, that’s actually my point. Goal scorers that get worn down by North American style of play.

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM

        if he gets worn down because of north American style of play how did he win the Conn smythe in 09?

      • rarelyshaves - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:23 PM

        Because he wasnt worn down yet? I dont know what you want me to say, there’s a reason he followed up that campaign by going to the KHL.

      • hystoracle - Jun 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM

        we are talking about Malkin here right? Malkin has played in the NHL every year since 09. And how does a Russian leading the league in points prove your point?

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      Fedorov, Konstaninov, Kasperitus, Larionov, Bure

      Nuff Said

      • langforc - Jun 6, 2012 at 8:55 AM

        The two best players (IMO) currently in the NHL hail from Russia….Malkin and Datsyuk

        Also, this isn’t the first year Malkin has lead the league in points.

      • hystoracle - Jun 6, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        IMO ,, I would argue one of the best two players hails from Canada.. But I’m biased after watching the guy score 60 goals this past season.. and 160 over the past 3. :)

        That said, Malkin and Datsyuk are definitely in that conversation.

  3. jimw81 - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Who wants to bet rangers trade too much for this guy?

    • phillyphever - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:09 AM

      Why, they can sign him as a FA.

      • hystoracle - Jun 6, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        R..fa Restricted… Though it doesn’t sound like it would take much of an offer sheet for the predators to let him walk. A trade would cost you less in future picks.

  4. gmenfan1982 - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    I sure hope the rangers don’t go after him. Not the type of player that would fit in with Tort’s work ethic at all. That would be a terrible move by sather.

  5. stakex - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Well there was a rumor going around that the Rangers had talked to the preds about Radulov, so its not impossible he might land in NY.

    And you know what? As a Rangers fan I wouldn’t mind that, IF its for the right price. For all the bad press Radulov got from his missed curfew… he really didn’t play that bad in his time back. He did have some bad games against Phoenix, but for the most part he was pretty effective. In the nine games he played for the Preds during the regular season he had 3g, 4a, for 7p and a +3 rating. In the playoffs he had 1g, 5a, +2 rating in eight games. Those aren’t bad numbers at all, especially for a guy coming back from a lesser league.

    Theres no doubt there are risks and issues with him, but for the right price he could be a great addition to a team. Not to mention having a coach like Torts might actually help Radulov. Now I don’t actually think he will end up in NY, and think its almost certain he will be going back to Russia… but I certainly wouldn’t mind him being a Ranger next year.

    • predswilrule - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      rads and torts is like fire and gasoline.

    • DED - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      Didn’t you see Keith Jones rip Radulov for his lousy performance in game 2 against Phoenix? Jonesy tore him up. He got caught deep in the offensive zone multiple times and didn’t hustle back to play defense and he passed for crap. There’s no freakin’ way with his work ethic that he’d last under Tortz. He fled to the KHL once before. There’s no reason to believe he wouldn’t do it again.

      There are some great Russian hockey players that have played in the NHL for years and you guys have named a good number of them. Radulov just isn’t one of them.

  6. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 6, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Flyers fans don’t want em. Daigle zerdev

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