The “Radulov Watch” has turned into a full blown “Radulov Warning.”
On July 11, 2008, Nashville Predators winger Alexander Radulov bolted to the Kontinental Hockey League despite having one year remaining on his entry level contract. He was 22 at the time and would become the face of the new league in his native Russia. The 2004 first round pick is a four-time KHL All-Star, has won a KHL MVP award (2010), a Gagarin Cup (2011) and set league records in scoring (254 points all-time), assists (163) and even plus/minus (plus-98).
Basically, he’s won just about everything he can in Russia, short of maybe a goaltending award.
Fast forward nearly four years and the Predators have never been able to replace Radulov’s offensive ability, through free agency, the draft or otherwise. While he still has one year left on his KHL contract, the Nizhny Tagil, Russia native has told Russian media that there is “a gentleman’s agreement” in place to where, if he wanted to return to the NHL after his KH...