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The rumor mill is in full effect today, running rampant that defected Nashville Predator winger Alexander Radulov may rejoin the team soon.
With the Predators being healthy up front and, maybe even more surprisingly, performing so well offensively, the question needs to be asked: where would the Russian sniper fit in?
Using Monday night’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes as a reference, Nashville featured a lineup without Matt Halischuk, Brandon Yip and tough guy Brian McGrattan. In addition, Colin Wilson and rookies Craig Smith and Gabriel Bourque have all been part of an apparent rotation to get everyone on the bottom six playing time. If Radulov comes back, four of the guys listed above will have an even harder time seeing game action.
So where do you put him?
The conventional wisdom is to put an elite offensive player on the top line. But, in Nashville’s case, that may not happen. When the Predators acquired Andrei Kostitsyn from the Montreal Canadiens at the trade deadline, Hea...
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Ever since Alexander Radulov’s KHL team, Salavat Yulaev Ufa, was eliminated from the post season late last week, rumors swirled that the right wing could possibly return to the NHL to fulfill the final year of his entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators.
Even before Radulov’s team had been eliminated from the post-season, David Boclair of The City Paper asked whether...
Today's podcast centered around the potential return of Alexander Radulov, as Yahoo! Puck Daddy's Dmitry Chesnokov joined us to discuss the situation. Buddy Oakes and I talked about Radulov for most of the show. We also discussed how the new acquisitions have fared in Nashville, as well as the current race for the Central Division.It was a jam-packed show, and you can listen...
The perfect storm we mentioned Friday seems close to becoming reality. Numerous reports out of Russia today suggest that former Predator Alexander Radulov is leaning towards making a return to the team he left less than four years ago.All of the hurdles seem to be cleared. Despite general managers league-wide voicing frustration over the process, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed that...
After more than three and a half long years, it looks like the Nashville Predators will have to wait a little longer.
Per Yahoo! Spots’ Dmitry Chesnokov, Salavat Yulaev Ufa is refusing to let Alexander Radulov return to the NHL because, if they do so at this time, his KHL rights will no longer belong to the club. Understandably, they want to keep his rights in case he ever returns...
Puck Daddy's Dmitry Chesnokov joined us to discuss the potential return of Alexander Radulov to the Nashville Predators. Listen in to hear the latest from North America's best source for all things Russian hockey.Listen in the following player or go to BlogTalkRadio or iTunes to download...Listen to internet radio with SmashvilleOnTheGlass on Blog Talk RadioMore Later...Buddy...
With the Alexander Radulov distraction appearing to come to an end for this season with news from various sources indicating that the wayward Russian will not be allowed to return, the Nashville Predators need to focus on tonight's game (9:30 p.m. CDT) with the San Jose Sharks where a win could move them into fourth place in the Western Conference, and the first round home...
David Polie was among the NHL's most active general managers at this year's trade deadline, acquiring shut-down defenseman Hal Gil, penalty-killing specialist Paul Gaustad, and scorer Andrei Kostitsyn to bolster his roster, and at a considerable price. Word out of Nashville this week indicates that even now, he might not be finished.
Consider Alexander Radulov, Nashville...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, NHL Deputy Commissioner Billy Daly and Nashville Predators GM David Poile were in discussion over lunch Monday after the GMs meetings broke up.
Neither were available for comment, but my bet is they were once again discussing the possible arrival of Alexander Radulov from Russia.
Poile and Daly were in constant contact over the past week because the...
In no small part due to the fact that the KHL “poached’” restricted free agent forward Alexander Radulov from the Nashville Predators and then spent the past four seasons insisting that Radulov was the prime example as to how the KHL-NHL relationship had improved in terms of the NHL respecting the KHL’s valid contracts and not “poaching” players themselves, the NHLPA...
Nashville Predators 40-21-7
Phoenix Coyotes 34-25-10
As fans of the Nashville Predators continue to wait for official word as to whether or not Alexander Radulov will rejoin Nashville for the remainder of the season, the team continues to take care of business on the ice as they head out on the road.
Nashville’s four-game road trip comes on the heels of a three...
The talk in the last couple of years in Smashville has been, "Will Radulov come back?". Answers have usually been like, "I doubt it.", "I don't know.", or "I don't really want him back." Now, answers to that question are, "I hope so.", "If he does...", or "I want him back." The latest news on Alexander...
Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun discuss some hot topics of the day, BURNSIDE: The Wings’ road woes continued as they were beaten by the Kings last night. Not a good day for GM Ken Holland, who wasn’t pleased with the league’s decision to allow Alexander Radulov to return to the Nashville Predators without having to clear waivers. The Wings and Predators seem destined to meet...
Photo Credit: RIA Novosti. Aleksey Malgavko
All the talk in Nashville this morning hasn’t necessarily been centered around the possibility of future NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning joining the Tennessee Titans, but of the ongoing soap opera in Russia involving the Nashville Predators prodigal child: Alexander Radulov.
How is today’s news any different than what was said yesterday...