#5: Poile rolls the dice at the trade deadline
Even after the trade deadline, there was one glaring need for the Nashville Predators. Of course, there’s always been this one certain need for the Predators. A dynamic, scoring winger.
The closest Nashville ever was to possessing a scoring winger was in 2008, the last season they had Alexander Radulov before he bolted for his native Russia with a year left on his entry level contract. But his talent was just starting to emerge then as he had only played in 92 NHL games over two seasons. There were glimpses of elite skill and flashes of brilliance but, overnight, they disappeared. Gone to Russia and the new KHL.
Every year it seemed new rumors would pop up about how Radulov wants to come back. Or that he is coming back. But those rumors never proved true. Then, in January and February of 2012, the rumors picked up again. But these were different. They had more merit and there was more weight. Then, on March 18, it happened.
Radulov was ...