Via Dmitry Chesnokov (will update with a press release when available):
My bad! Alexander Radulov was named KHL's MVP! He got a "Golden Stick!" (Thoresen was the +/- leader)
I don't speak for all Predators fans, obviously, but this announcement doesn't please me. Though its been two years, I'm still pretty raw from the whole ordeal that was the departure of Alexander Radulov. Thats not to say, however, that I wouldn't accept him back under the right circumstances.
The Nashville Predators still lack the type of game Radulov brings, and it would've been a massive boost to have a scoring winger during the series against the Chicago Blackhawks. The mercurial, traitorous, and highly skilled Alexander Radulov could fill the power play void. Immensely talented in the offensive zone, Radulov would immediately provide an elite goal-scoring threat. You could even go so far as to say that he is a talent with top-line potential. The thought of a a Patric Hornqvist/Colin Wilson/Radulov line has me silly with excitement.
The prospect of a Radulov return is not all roses, however. His reputation is justifiably in tatters after jilting his NHL team and his legally binding contract in order to make more money in the KHL. Predators fans were and still are rightly indignant over seeing a homegrown player leave in the manner he did. The locker room tension would likely be very high, with many of the same teammates still on the roster. Jason Arnott, J.P. Dumont, Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, and Dan Hamhuis were all prominent players when Radulov jumped ship, and captain Arnott especially was not the least pleased with his decision.
As of today, there doesn't appear to be a puncher's chance of 'Rads' returning for the 2010 campaign, but I'll ask anyway: would you accept Alexander Radulov back onto the Nashville Predators?