brwi wrote:Radulov's Russian agent for him in the KHL says there was a payoff to break the contract, and it wasn't made by Radulov but instead by some other benefactor. Apparently, Salavat will retain Radulov's rights in the KHL if he returns there.
Good. Exactly what needed to happen in this case. Can't wait to see him play in the NHL again. The few KHL games I've seen this year he's been more than noticeable in a very good way. I really hope the Preds go far this year. I'd love a Pens-Preds SCF. It would be some amazing hockey.
I liked that too!
With Radulov winning the MVP over in the KHL twice and seemingly a lock again for it, he's got nothing to accomplish there any more. I doubt he just steps right into the Nashville line up without some NHL-style rust and the rather harsh reality of playing the Barry Trotz way, but he was there for 2 years before and knows the routine. He could have been moved by Nashville elsewhere as Poile has stated several times he offered to deal Radulov's rights but Radulov said he was fine coming back to Nashville.
Preds are already really good this year and once the playoffs start, Radulov will probably be getting more acclimated to the NHL style again. This could be a very dangerous team with the kind of goaltending and commitment that can win Cups. Radulov bring some pure skill to the mix is like making a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline, but you didn't have to give anything at all up.