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Radulov’s Russian agent says his client will play in KHL next season

Jun 18, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

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Alexander Radulov‘s next landing spot has been up for debate since the Predators were ousted from the playoffs. Preds GM David Poile says he’s not coming back to Nashville, the Rangers reportedly have interest in him and the KHL is eager to bring him back to Russia. According to one Russian publication, that’s just what will happen. has a report from Radulov’s Russian agent, Yuri Nikolayev, says his client will return to the KHL and play for CSKA Moscow. Yahoo! Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov translated the Izvestia report and what Nikolayev has to say about what’s next for Radulov.

“Alexander no longer has thoughts, watching the sea, whether he should go to the NHL or play in the KHL,” Nikolaev told Izvestiya.

“We are negotiating with CSKA about a personal contract.  However we are not in CSKA yet; there are matters we have to discuss with the club’s general managers.”

What’s making Radulov want to work things out with CSKA, according to his agent, is the threat of a lockout in the NHL this upcoming season. Oh, right. That whole thing.

As Chesnokov reports, Radulov still has a year left on his KHL deal but CSKA would likely demand a longer commitment than just the one season if/when he comes back to Russia.

  1. vshehane - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Good bye and good riddance.

  2. lordfletcher - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Don’t let the door hit ya…..

    -Wild fan!

  3. cweez2 - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    No, the thought of possibly HAVING to work is what is sending him back to Russia.

  4. chrism516 - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    It’s guys like this that give all Russians a bad name and makes teams not want to draft them.

  5. natlbnkilr - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Since me and a buddy of mine were the only 2 fans at BNA to welcome Rads back to Nashville. .. I find it only fitting that I volunteer to put his Russian worthless butt back on the plane and watch him fly away. What a waste of American air… glad he’s leaving Nashville. We have a team, not a bunch of selfish players.

  6. danphipps01 - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Also contributing to the decision are the fact that the KHL will pay him ten million to sleep through games and the fact that the NHL doesn’t want him anymore.

  7. big0range - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Great talent, lousy work ethic. скатертью дорога (good riddance)

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