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Russian coach suggests Radulov needs to be scratched

Feb 15, 2014, 11:28 AM EDT

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: Alexander Radulov #47 of Russia looks on against Slovenia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Getty Images

Russia features a talented forward group and very intimidating top power-play unit, one that needs to be effective to win games. So it’s particularly telling the U.S. fared better on the man advantage in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout victory.

Both of the American goals were scored on the power play and they had Russian forward Alexander Radulov to thank for both opportunities, something Russia head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov was particularly unhappy about.

Bilyaletdinov, speaking through a translator, singled out Radulov after the game and suggested that he should be scratched “among other things,” according to writer Dan Rosen.

It’s worth adding that Radulov did help Pavel Datsyuk net the game-tying goal by screening American goalie Jonathan Quick.

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Radulov is no stranger to criticism. When he attempted to return to the Nashville Predators in 2012 after an extended stay in the KHL, he came under fire for breaking curfew during the playoffs.

Despite recording seven points in nine NHL games and another six points in eight postseason contests, Nashville didn’t want to re-sign him in the summer of 2012 and he ended up heading back to the KHL.

  1. pastabelly - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    He should be sent to Siberia.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Will be.

      • blomfeld - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:11 PM


        God be with this man …

  2. jimw81 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    i wonder if putin had a talk with him after the game.

  3. btlpper68 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    KGB coming for him

  4. pastabelly - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:47 AM

  5. lowenni - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    No surprise here. One of the most selfish and enigmatic players in all of hockey, worldwide.

  6. smarshall3789 - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    This guy is a joke way overrated how he made the team is beyond me I would never pick him he’s a headache to deal with that’s why he’s not in the NHL but Russia has no chance for a medal they are such babies other then Pavel and Malkin get physical with the Russians and it’s over it showed today where was the great Alex o wait that’s right being a baby cause he was getting hit physically just like the rest of their team turtled!!

    • lowenni - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Have you ever heard of a period? That’s possibly the longest run-on sentence I’ve ever read.

      • JoeAvg - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Maybe he’s on it now?

    • 950003cups - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Kovalchuk is no pansy.

      • Windmiller4 - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        Wow, Kovalchuk is actually a decent fighter

  7. prd797 - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    I never got the impression Radulov was a particularly smart player on the ice, or a very smart guy in general (see NHL Western Conference playoff series Nashville vs Phoenix, 2012).

    Those crappy penalties certainly cost his team.

  8. dcfashing - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    “Despite recording seven points in nine NHL games and another six points in eight postseason contests, Nashville didn’t want to re-sign him in the summer of 2012 and he ended up heading back to the KHL.”

    This statement is patently false. The Predators tried to re-sign him. He wanted a long term contract, Poile wanted to give him a short term contract. Even coach Peterson said he’d love to have Radulov back. The one they didn’t want back was Kostitsyn.

    As for the Russians, they’re obviously looking for a scapegoat. Brown had two penalties too, one leading to the tying goal. You don’t hear Bylsma yelling to scratch him. This is all about saving face for the Russians. Lots of expectations, and they just fell short on their first premier match-up.

    smarshall3798, the reason Radulov is on that team is because he’s the best player in the KHL. The spin that’s put on this guy to make him out to be a heel is amazing.

    • rbbbaron - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Ditto. Never cared for the guy personally (deserting his NHL club, then coming back and playing a few games just to finish off his contract in effort to try and hit the jackpot), but he’s a talented forward. He just took a couple of stupid penalties in a game where there were plenty of non-calls to go around; he also generated some chances but the chips just didn’t fall in his favor.

    • lowenni - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      No, Nashville actually did not attempt to resign him in the summer of 2012. After a dreadful playoff performance, including being suspended for two games for going out drinking late at night, Nashville let him walk. They, and every other team in the NHL, did not him, and that’s why he’s back in 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.”

    • chanceoffleury - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      “Best player in the KHL” is to be debated. I’d say Kovalchuk has that one on lock. Regardless of what league he is in, he is one of the best wingers in the entire world. In my mind, consistency, how others respect your game, and how adaptable you are all contribute to what it takes to be “the best”. Not sure Radulov has those things. I used to watch Kovalchuck all the time, since Jersey and the Pens were in the same division. Watching this game made me realize how much I miss watching him play. He really is a special player. From my own selfish standpoint, it’s a shame he went back home. It’s much harder to follow him and see his highlight reel on the other side of the world. Hopefully we see him back with at least one more NHL stint before he calls it quits. He’s a guy who deserves to have his name on the Cup.

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 15, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      no you are wrong the best player in the K is Kovalchuk (pronounced Koval chook)

  9. travishenryskid - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    To be fair, he was key to the Russians tying goal and he would’ve been in on the disallowed goal, and his second penalty was a weak call.

    • pastabelly - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      The second one was not nearly as weak as the phantom penalty that gave the Russians a power play in which they tied up the game. I’d say it could have gone either way and it was stupid to put an official in a spot where a call could be made.

      • rbbbaron - Feb 15, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        The knee-on-knee from Brown was a phantom penalty?

  10. jhaegs - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Let’s talk about scratching Brown, too. Worthless POS…

  11. lonespeed - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    All you need to know:

    • shortsxit34 - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Wow, I forgot about that one. And the worst part is the coach just takes it, like he’s apologizing for making Radulov mad.

    • barkar942 - Feb 16, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      Just shows you what a total loser he really is.

  12. therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    I’d be less worried about being “scratched” and much more concerned about “among other things” if I was Mr. Radulov.

  13. sportsfan69 - Feb 15, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Radulov will be sent to Stalingrad. To Keisel, as my uncle German called it with his comrads.

    Or better yet, to the Gulag.

    • blomfeld - Feb 15, 2014 at 10:38 PM


      or ‘the pocket’ if you will, as translated from German into English … my friend Sportsfan, I believe that this fool Radulov will now be assigned to a Russian ‘penal’ regiment serving somewhere within the Stalingrad theater of operations … and so he’ll probably now have a life expectancy of perhaps 1-3 days at the most ? … regardless, how are things going in your sector ? … here we’re doing well and only today we ‘terminated’ at least 6 x ‘more’ companies of Ovechkin’s so-called Red Oktober Division ! … God speed friend and drop me a line if you need any more 88 mil shells eh ? … mit freundlichen grüßen, kamerat Blomfeld

  14. sportsfan69 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Conrade Blomfeld, Thank you.

    Ich fühle mich geehrt, um Ihren Freund zu sein. Ich vermisse den Dialog.

  15. bobhpine - Feb 16, 2014 at 12:45 AM


    What an embarrassment this guy is. Billy can talk about scratching him and benching him, but for the first two games of the Olympics, RaduLOL occupied a spot on the top power play unit in front of Evgeni Malkin. Nice job of deploying your personnel Zinutoola.

    If he isn’t scratched, Putin wouldn’t even need to send his henchmen after him…just buy him a few rounds of shots. He’ll get hammered and no show.

    David Poile is smiling through his mangled jaw somewhere.

  16. jsbrown303 - Feb 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    There is a reason he was nicknamed “Captain Clueless”…

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