Let me state first I AM a hater when it comes to Radulov.
That began the day he left and hasn't changed. I believe in character and he has none. Recent information, if true, tells me he hasn't changed. Talent doesn't excuse or give him a pass for his past behavior or seemingly current behavior either.
Yesterday's details, if believable, seem to paint a clear picture. His return is for one thing and one thing only. Rid himself of Nashville and any contract owed them. If it's true and he will return to the KHL immediately upon our season's end he has no dog in our hunt. He is looking out for himself a couple years down the road clearing his way to UFA status.
My fear is he isn't remotely close to being invested in our winning. That certainly could lead to a terrible locker room. We have a great room now, but will it stay that way? If my concern comes to fruition he could be a plague. A few weeks back hearing his closeness w/ Weber and Suter eased my concerns a bit until these details of his release came out. Now I'm back where I was.... A Hater.
I hope I'm wrong. I hope he fills in our lack of high skilled offensive talent and carries us to a cup. I believe we already have a good team and he could be a huge negative or quite a large plus. While nobody can know for sure it's a chance I wouldn't take. We have always been all about team, work ethic, chemistry. I fear he has a better chance of ruining that than contributing. I hope I'm wrong.