A report from Sports Daily, a Russian news site, indicates that former Nashville Predator Alexander Radulov has agree to a 3-year contract extension with Salavat Yulaev, the KHL club for which he left the Preds in the summer of 2008. Thanks to Predators fan @betaset on Twitter for the pointer.
Yes, Barry Trotz and Radulov didn't get along at times, but the fact remains that Radulov would make a useful addition to any NHL team, and the news that he's not coming back any time soon is a loss to the Predators organization.
I can't say I'm surprised in the least at this news. Radulov leads the KHL in scoring at this point, was named MVP of the league last season, and can establish himself as the game's biggest star in Russia. As I've said before, he'd leave millions on the table in order to come back and honor the last year of his current (and valid) Predators contract, and the buildup to the 2014 Winter Olympics, to be held on Russian ice in Sochi, has to be on his mind.
Perhaps the only disappointment here is tied to the KHL's pronouncement a few weeks ago about an agreement with the NHL to respect each other's contracts. Clearly, they don't intend to apply that respect in this situation.
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