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Preds GM: NHL teams have to move fast if they want Radulov

Jun 16, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

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The Nashville Predators don’t want Alexander Radulov. They’re willing to trade his rights and, according to The Tennessean, there are a couple of squads that made inquiries.

At the same time, CSKA Moscow has already traded for his KHL rights in the hopes of convincing him to return to Russia.

Predators GM David Poile is now warning his NHL counterparts that there’s a sense of urgency regarding Radulov. Time is running out for them to act if they want him.

“If these teams are interested, they’re going to have to move pretty fast,” Poile said. “I think if they don’t he will sign in the KHL.”

Radulov is gifted offesnively, but he’s not without his baggage. He was criticized for his lack of effort during the playoffs. On top of that, he missed curfew during the postseason, which led to the team sending him to the press box for two games. Shea Weber later said that the incident was a “distraction” and felt “a little bit betrayed.”

With all that in mind, it wouldn’t be shocking if teams decide to simply let Radulov return to the KHL rather than rolling the dice on him.

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Of course Poile said there is a sense of urgency. This coming from a guy who isn’t afraid to trade player negotiating rights for a mid to low round pick. Radulov is a UFA, you put the pieces together…

    • Brian - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      Radulov is an RFA. Technically he just finished his entry level contract.

  2. lordfletcher - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    who would trade for his rights?

    If he wants to play in America, he will wait another 2 weeks… if he wants to go back home, then let him walk. it’s really that simple

  3. scionofflame - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Poile is speaking from experience on this one, as Radulov has already bolted from the Predators once. Some might see it as a “Hurry up and give me offers” call, but I think the warning is pretty well justified and intentioned.

  4. k9comic - Jun 16, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    I think they should buy him a ticket home. Say cya loser!

    • scionofflame - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      I think Rads just needs to grow up a little bit more. That seems to be his biggest issue. His maturity level and his commitment as a player.

  5. sergeikremlin - Jun 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    It’s an attempt at a win/win situation for the teams that want him, and Poille, who is just calling it how it is.

    In terms of his playoffs, he tied for the team lead in scoring while playing two less games and on an injured knee, which has since been operated on I believe. The guy has a ton of talent and shouldn’t be judged on a 1/8 season + playoffs imo. I’d like to see him stay and light it up for a full 82.

  6. cardsandbluesforever - Jun 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    i dont know why anyone would be interested in persuing him. he’s already jumped ship to play in the khl while under contract in the nhl. who’s to say he wont do it again? too big of a risk….

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