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Report: Russian league giant CSKA acquires Radulov’s rights

Jun 13, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

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According to Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov, KHL powerhouse CSKA Moscow has acquired the negotiating rights of Alexander Radulov from his former KHL team, Salavat Yulaev.

The move doesn’t come as much of a surprise given CSKA has publicly stated — for weeks — that they intended to pursue the ex-Predator.

On June 4, a report surfaced from Sport-Express that CSKA was prepared to pay a league-record amount for Radulov’s services for the upcoming campaign (CSKA is also rumored to be interested in Washington Capitals sniper Alex Semin, also for big bucks.)

Here’s what the Edmonton Journal wrote earlier about the club’s recent financial windfall:

Now that Rosneft, one of Russia’s oil giants, has taken over full sponsorship of CSKA Moscow, it gave general manager Sergei Fedorov carte blanche to go after the best talent available.

The fun doesn’t stop there. Earlier this year, the KHL club inked Igor Radulov, the former Chicago Blackhawk…that also happens to be Alexander’s older brother.

  1. miketoasty - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    As excited as I was that this guy was coming back to the NHL, I am more excited to.see him go. Seemed like he just came to finish off his contract to cut his ties with the NHL. Extreme lack of effort followed and now he will probably run for the big money. Good bye Radulov we hardly knew you.

    • vshehane - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      Couldn’t agree more.

  2. danphipps01 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    I love how the KHL’s common management strategy seems to be “Make sure an oil exec owns the team, then get Glen Sather on its ass.”

    Oh well. This is why the KHL is always going to be a distant second to the NHL. Standards, folks, and quality control. Over there, Radulovs and Semins seem capable of earning ten million or more. Over here, they’re so terrible they’re not even wanted anymore.

  3. mclovinhockey - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    I don’t mean to be a dick but russian players should stay in the KHL.

    As much as I like the high offense no D play which is russia and the KHL, I would rather see high offense and semi good D

    • hockinj25 - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      So you wouldn’t mind if Datsyuk, Ovechkin, Malkin, Larionov, Bure, Federov, and a whole lot more Russians never played in the NHL.

  4. capsfan19 - Jun 13, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Glad to see rads return to the motherland. Now if semin goes thatd be great too because i dont want to see him on another team in the nhl… Knowing caps luck semin will be like “i am make score goals now for new team”

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