Alexander Radulov’s return to the Nashville Predators in March after a nearly four-year absence generated considerable commentary over whether or not his presence would bolster the Predators offense, as well as questions about his off-season intentions.
In the summer of 2008, Radulov bolted for the riches of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League while still owing the Predators the final season on his entry-level contract. During his four seasons in the KHL, he would become their most marketable star, as well as one of their best paid, earning considerably more than the $918K per season he made with Nashville.
Despite playing only nine regular season games with the Predators and participating in this year’s playoffs, he has fulfilled his contractual obligation to the club.
Naturally, that’s given rise to speculation over whether Radulov re-signs with the Predators this summer, if they might instead trade his rights to another NHL team, or if he’ll return to the KHL.
Whatever the sc...