Dmitry Chesnokov (who often serves as our gateway into the world of Russian hockey journalism) passes along reports from Pavel Lysenkov of Sovietsky Sport this afternoon, indicating that the bargain which has allowed Alexander Radulov's return to Nashville may be a short-term one:
Radulov's return 2 the NHL is conditioned on him returning to the KHL next season (according to KHL Pres Medvedev via SovSport's @plysenkov)— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) March 19, 2012
Medvedev said Radulov was allowed to buy out this season only with the understanding he'd be back. If not, he'd have to pay 2/3 of next yrs— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) March 19, 2012
Radulov's next year's KHL contract is around $5m I was told. #Preds— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) March 19, 2012
See, that's the weird thing about the KHL. The same guy who is President of the league, is also the President of SKA Saint Petersburg, one of the leading clubs. So here you have a guy acting in a league capacity, but also perhaps maneuvering events to the benefit of his team, as well. It would be like having NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly also serving as an executive for the New York Rangers.
Anyways, I think it's way to early to even worry about what happens over the summer, and whether Radulov wants to sign an extension to stick with Nashville or head back over to Russia. For now, there's an awful lot of afternoon hockey reading for you, along with video of an unusual visitor to Jordin Tootoo in the penalty box...
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Nashville Predators News
Preds GM David Poile's Statement On Alexander Radulov Situation - Nashville Predators
For those of you waiting for the organization to say something.
Yes, the CBA allows Radulov to return to the NHL without clearing waivers - Jewels From The Crown
I think Quisp is a bit off the mark here (the exemption he discusses refers to NHL/AHL waivers), but it's encouraging to hear an outsider digging into the CBA on this.
March Madness hockey style! Pick your bracket and join our group… | Section 303
Well, let's hope Michigan doesn't stumble their way out of THIS bracket...
Also, there's this from the L.A. Kings - my kids are going to go nuts once they see it...
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Darren Helm to Miss 4-6 Weeks with MCL Sprain - Winging It In Motown
Detroit's going to miss this speed burner.
Super 16: Despite end of streak, Penguins remain class of NHL - NHL.com
There is a lot of buzz building around the Predators these days.
Fantasy Hockey: Sam Gagner getting ‘Jordan Staal’d’ in Edmonton; Sebastien Caron, Alex Radulov impact | Puck Daddy
If you thought NHL GM's were complaining about Radulov coming back, multiply that by 1,000 and that's what fantasy hockey managers who are already in the playoffs will say to seeing a rival pick him up.
Behind the Numbers: Canucks 2012 vs. Canucks 2011? - Nucks Misconduct
For Vancouver fans, all that matters is whether the Canucks can win one more playoff game this time around. Are they more prepared?
History Lessons: The Big Bad Beginning | Backhand Shelf
Old Time Hockey, eh? Eddie Shore!
The Washington Capitals are improving, and should be fine | Backhand Shelf
The headline and the content appear to be out of joint here. Washington sounds average at 5-on-5, and below average on special teams. That doesn't bode well.
Mathieu Perreault Shows That Crashing The Net Isn't Just For Big Guys - Japers' Rink
See, when you play a team like Boston, those little guys can just skate between Zdeno Chara's legs.