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Alexander Radulov signs four-year deal in KHL

Jul 2, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT

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The Nashville Predators won’t have Alexander Radulov to kick around anymore.

Slava Malamud of Russia’s Sport-Express reports Radulov has agreed to a four-year contract with CSKA Moscow of the KHL, thus ending his not-so glorious return to the NHL.

Malamud reports CSKA general manager and former NHL star Sergei Fedorov was instrumental in recruiting Radulov back to Russia, and that they have their sights set on Alexander Semin next.

Radulov’s brief return to Nashville was initially meant to help make the Predators serious Stanley Cup threats. Instead, Radulov — along with Andrei Kostitsyn — wound up getting busted for breaking curfew and suspended by the Predators for a game. That distraction, along with other poor play, saw the Predators get bounced out of the second round by the Coyotes.

Now Radulov goes down as the guy who did more to hinder a team’s Cup chances than helped. At least he’ll always have his performance in the first round against Detroit to look back fondly upon.

Update (10:04 a.m. ET): Yahoo! Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov reports Radulov will make $9.2 million a year with CSKA. Safe to say he wasn’t going to make close to that in the NHL.

  1. broadstbully33 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    No one cares.

  2. quonce - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    agreed, no one cares, good riddance

  3. babar61 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    I care. One less idiot in the NHL. Great news!

  4. thegonz13 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Dasvedanya!

  5. barkar942 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Bye.
    Bye Bye.
    Bye again!

  6. mclovinhockey - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    He stinks

  7. mmazzzzzz - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Don’t let the door hit you in the a$$. Loser can’t handle big time hockey in the NHL.

  8. kicksave1980 - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    I just don’t understand this guy, but then again who does? His brother Igor was the same way, leaving Chicago for the Russian league after being sent down.

    I can appreciate being homesick and all of that. However, I don’t understand how a world class athlete becomes world class without a desire to play against the best competition in the world. Most people would give anything to have that kind of talent. To watch guys like the Radulov brothers essentially throw it away is unbelievable.

    • steelhammer92 - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      He got $9.2 million tax-free dollars to play against easier competition. He was worth probably less than half that, with tax, in the NHL. What is it you don’t understand?

      • kicksave1980 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:01 PM

        I get that part of it. My point is that if a person has the ability and more importantly, the DRIVE to be an elite athlete, you would think that he would also have the desire to play against the best competition in the world. Radulov has the ability to be one of the best players in the NHL, but instead he would rather play against, as you put it, easier competition. Nothing like sandbagging to stroke the ego, I guess.

        I suppose I’m not the only one who doesn’t understand. That’s why the NHL, with taxable salaries and tougher competition, is still where the true elite players from around the world choose to play.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        Yup
        The 50th at best forward in the world is one of the highest paid, and gets to play at home, not hard to understand.

  9. jernster21 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Hopefully he kept the receipt to return his cowboy hat and boots.

  10. dangle13x - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Idiot? Yes. To call him a bad player just shows the collective lack of hockey knowledge from you blowhard morons.

  11. smgraff4 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Don’t be surprised if Radulov gets a $12 million/season offer to play in England in the somewhat near future. The KHL is seriously looking into adding a team (or two) there.

    http://bluelinehockeyblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/the-options-for-khl-expansion-in-the-uk/

    The KHL is trying to become a serious pan-European league (with 64 teams), rather than a simple Russian league for enigmatic Russians to make a fast buck. It could be anyone that is European, or looking to make more money than they would in the NHL.

    The KHL as Russia’s domestic league is quite tame. The KHL as a European league with teams in London, Munich, Berlin, Paris, Stockholm, Barcelona, Madrid, Roma, Milan, Prague, Bratislava, among others would have a huge pull on North American skaters (especially if the teams in those cities can bring in limitless foreign players) being able to travel / play hockey for good pay in some of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.

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