Mar 27, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Nashville Predators right wing Alexander Radulov (47) controls the puck as St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Stewart (25) pressures during the first period at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
Slava Malamud of Sport-Express brings news this afternoon which raises the likelihood that regardless of how much the Nashville Predators might want to sign Alexander Radulov to a new contract, they'll face major competition from the KHL, due to a new wrinkle in their salary cap rules announced today.
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Here are the tweets from Malamud which came across today:
And here goes KHL, doing its thing again. The league announces that all returning Russian NHLers will not count against the salary cap.— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) May 13, 2012
Now, each KHL team will be limited to one such signing. Still, this should enable the rich clubs to back up the cash truck to Radulov, Semin— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) May 13, 2012
1 more caveat on the KHL news. The player would have to be approved by national team coaches as "worthy" to be excluded from salary cap.— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) May 13, 2012
And make no mistake, there are a few clubs (SKA St. Petersburg, for example, which is led by KHL President Alexander Medvedev) with the resources to compete with a high-end NHL offer. Will Radulov choose the highest bidder, take the opportunity to play with the KHL team of his choice, or commit to the NHL and test himself for a full season in the world's best hockey league?
No matter how this works out, have we seen a player in recent years who has had league rules & customs ignored, changed, or set aside due to his personal circumstances so often?