BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - MAY 12: Alexander Radulov of Russia celebrates after the IIHF World Championship quarter final match between Canada and Russia at Orange Arena on May 12, 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Thanks to Dmitry Chesnokov over at Puck Daddy, and another report at Sports.ru, we have another chapter to add to the ongoing saga of Alexander Radulov's ongoing KHL adventure. After a turbulent offseason that saw the ownership and coaching staff change on his team, Salavat Yulaev Ufa, A-Rad is feuding with his coaches and wants a trade out of town, as per this since-deleted Tweet to Evgeni Malkin (as translated by Chesnokov):
"Mal [addressing Malkin], the coach is [getting on my nerves - the real word used is not for this blog], I am asking for a trade."
Naturally, this will engender speculation that perhaps Radulov will consider a return to the NHL, and let's face it, the Predators could use a proven scoring threat on the wing of his caliber, especially at the bargain-basement salary of just under $1 million he's due for the final year of his contract with Nashville. J.R. Lind reports that Radulov still owns his condo in the area, so there's that, as well.
But sorry, folks, I won't get my hopes up here until I hear word that Radulov is indeed on a plane coming back to America. With the Winter Olympics coming up in Sochi, Russia in 2014, I find it extremely hard to believe that he'd give up being the big star in his home country in order to come back to the NHL and get chirped at by Barry Trotz for not backchecking hard enough.
Then again, there is the new sponsorship deal the team has with GooGoo Cluster... somebody send a case over there and see if that helps change his mind!