Courtesy of Dmitri Chesnokov at the Washington Capitals Examiner, we have a translation of an interview that Alexander Radulov recently gave to Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport regarding his status with the Nashville Predators. Earlier today Mirtle also pointed to Russian media reports that A-Rad plans on sticking with the KHL for the time being.
What's remarkable about this interview is that Radulov sounds pretty much exactly the way Preds GM David Poile characterized him, based on informal conversations the two had during the world championships:
Asked if Radulov expressed regret for leaving the Predators in a difficult situation last July, Poile paused before answering.
“I think he has a hard time understanding our position when somebody else was offering him an improved situation,’’ Poile said. “Just like I believe that if he wants to come back — regardless of the fact he signed a multiyear contract there — I don’t believe he thinks it’s a problem coming back.’’
Does Radulov really see himself as adrift in a situation that simply needs to be hashed out between the two teams and his agent? That's an awfully helpless position for a guy to take over his professional career. His agent, after all, is his employee, and ultimately, the decision to abandon his NHL team and jump to the KHL rests on his shoulders.
Whether he likes it or not.
*** As John Glennon clarifies (and I should have noted in Chesnokov's article), the interview occured about a month ago at the World Championships.