As first reported by Joshua Cooper of the Tennessean, Nashville Predators' General Manager, David Poile will look to trade Radulov's rights to another team in the NHL or allow him to return to the KHL with CSKA Moscow.
So, Alexander Radulov will most likely not be playing in a Predators uniform in the 2012-13 season.
David Poile said, "It is time not to pursue Radulov anymore."
I agree completely. The mistakes he has made while playing for the Predators has mounted up and the fans have started to turn on him, once more.
With ditching the Predators in the summer of 2008 for more money in the KHL, returning to the team at the end of the season, getting suspended by the team for breaking team rules and having inconsistent performances, Radulov has been a distraction.
It would have been nice to have an "all-star" forward with potential of scoring 100 points on the team for the first time. Although, getting sucked into an awful league like the KHL will hurt your playing.
Obviously, the KHL does not have the same compete level as the NHL. The lack of skill in that league really damaged Alex's hockey career. Also, he is still stuck in a contract in which he will have to complete.
Hate to say it, but that's what you get!
I know, I know, I was one of the many Predators fans that were glad to have him back. But as a fan, if a player turns the puck over a lot or doesn't meet expectation, I'm going to be pissed.
So, now that we don't have to worry about what David Poile will do with Alexander Radulov, we can speculate on where he will go.
If you can look back at my recent posts, the New York Rangers were rumored to be looking at him because he is a more reliable option than Rick Nash because of price, contract and potential. The Rangers are the lead team in getting him, from my point of view.
It is going to be an interesting off-season for the Predators and we can add this one to the list. Make sure you check the site often for the latest signings and news. Follow me on Twitter, @Fang_Finger.