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Saturday's notes: Mad About Alex

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As Alexander Radulov looks ahead to the World Championships, which are still almost two months away, will he make the decision to fill his March and April (and May... and June?) with some NHL action by returning to the Nashville Predators? The drums seem to be beating louder than ever on this front, presumably because now that his KHL team has been knocked out of the playoffs (far earlier than in previous seasons), Radulov has the choice between sitting around for several weeks, or jumping into the middle of the most competitive hockey environment in the world, which would also set him up to negotiate a big-money NHL contract this summer if he sees fit.

No wonder, then, that Predators fans are keeping a close eye on developments overseas, looking for any scrap of information which comes out. This morning's hockey notes are chock full of Radulov news, rumor, and speculation, including one report out of Russia that makes it sound like something is indeed going to happen here...

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Nashville Predators News

Kevin Allen on 1025 2012-03-09 (mp3)

The USA Today columnist joined Willy & Big Joe to talk Radulov & the Preds.

Ufa: Venus Safin left, Alexander Radulov leave - True Hockey
You'll need to run this through the Google Translator for news that Radulov may return soon. WARNING: I have no idea how reputable/disreputable this Russian site is (thanks to kypredsfan for posting this as a FanPost), so stay tuned.

Nashville Predators would welcome Alexander Radulov back | The Tennessean
From the GM on down the line, they're very open to Radulov returning.

Smashville 24/7: Potential Radulov return feels like perfect storm
Ryan sees all signs pointing to Alex returning.

The 303:30 – Rads Watch and 35 minutes with Mick Kern of NHL Home Ice… | Section 303
Jeremy & Codey welcome in a familiar voice for NHL fans with satellite radio.

So Money: Gaustad Trade Paying Early Dividends in Faceoff Circle |
So far, so good.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Niklas Kronwall Public Enemy Number One | The Hockey Writers
Watch out for #55 tonight...

Angry NHL clubs ganging up on HNIC, CBC - The Globe and Mail
A number of teams sound like they have problems with Hockey Night in Canada's coverage, and Don Cherry's commentary in particular.

Down Goes Brown: Other NHL coach problems
Randy Carlyle, Toronto – Assumed it was a bad sign when he started his first defensive drill as Leafs coach by saying "OK, show me what you’d normally do after a simple shot from the point" and the entire team immediately went to center ice for a faceoff.

Which disgruntled defensemen goes in? - CSN Washington
There are a lot of Grumpy Guses in Washington these days.

Hockey Prospectus Radio: Episode 12 ("No Stats For You!") - Hockey Prospectus
The guys react to the anti-analytics tone brought to this year's hockey panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference by Brian Burke.

Jeremy Roenick has a problem with Patrick Marleau... again. | Puck Drunk Love
J.R. just can't seem to get over Marleau's quiet style.

Team depth making a difference for the Dallas Stars - The Hockey Writers
The Stars may have hit the jackpot; they traded Nicklas Grosmann away for a draft pick, but still look like they're going to make the playoffs.

What’s wrong with Alex Ovechkin? - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
You know my take on this... what's wrong with the Caps?

Line Change Responsibilities - The Copper & Blue
I can't stand sloppy line changes. Is it so much to expect guys to hustle back to the bench?

Saturday's Daily Dosage - Zetterberg, Iginla, Tanguay... - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
Sage advice for setting your fantasy hockey roster for a busy day of NHL action.

Players Understand Smith Stole Yesterday: Red Wings 4 - Kings 3 - Winging It In Motown
The Red Wings pulled off a remarkable late-game comeback last night.

Game 68 Recap: Flames Cool Jets - Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Flames are still in the hunt... but San Jose does hold two games in hand in the battle for 8th.

Eight is Better than Seven: Pens beat Panthers 2-1 - PensBurgh
The Penguins have now won eight straight games.