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Monday afternoon notes: Red carpet rolled out for Radulov's return

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Nashville Predators GM David Poile has long said that his team would welcome back Alexander Radulov whenever the opportunity presented itself, and with each passing day, it appears that we get closer and closer to that becoming a reality. First, we have Dmitry Chesnokov translating reports from Russia for us, which indicate that at least the KHL won't stand in the way:

Then, RDS's Renaud Lavoie reports that the whole waiver question has been set aside, thanks to an agreement worked out to handle this rather unique situation:

These bits, obviously, have set Predators fans speculating about the implications of A-Rad's possible return on a team which is just weeks away from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Our afternoon hockey notes dig into just that question...

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Nashville Predators News

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