To the great dismay of the Predators, he then decided to leave the team and return to
to play in the KHL. He was extremely successful in the KHL over the last four
years, winning scoring titles, most valuable player awards, and a championship.
His team fell short of the playoffs this year and he decided to agree to return
to the Predators. It appears that he is free of his contract with his KHL team
so he might be here for long-term, but his NHL entry level contract will expire
this year (making him a restricted free agent) so the Predators would have to
offer him a big contract to secure his services for next year and onward.
Radulov is now 25 years old and I expect him to be better than his two previous
seasons with the Predators. He is also extremely competitive and likes to win so
that should be enough to convince the rest of the Predators that he is good for
the team. Russia
By the way, in my opinion, if a player leaves to play in a different country before his contract has expired, and without good reason for leaving, he should not be allowed to return to the NHL. Letting players control the league is a mistake.
Radulov’s First Game Back and Playoff Hopes
On Thursday, March 22, just one day after arriving in the
, Radulov decided to get right into
action and made his first appearance for the Predators in a road game against
the Penguins. He played pretty well and scored the Predators only goal in a 5-1
loss. The score did not entirely reflect the game since the Pens only had 23
shots on net while the Predators had 30. Malkin had 10 of the Pens shots on net
and two goals, while Neal had four assists in the game. The main difference in
the game was Pekka Rinne’s poor play, whose Save Percentage was a brutal .783.
It was Rinne’s second poor game in a row and that is very uncharacteristic of
him and obviously a cause of concern for the Predators. He will have to be on
top of his game for the Predators to have any chance of going far in the
playoffs. If he returns to form the Predators are going to be extremely tough in
post-season action and they could even go all the way because United
is not playing well at all and the Red Wings have struggled with injuries and
some let-downs. Vancouver
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