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07-11-2008, 08:50 AM
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lugnut76
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I don't see how the organization could just welcome him back with open arms, if he is blocked from going to Russia. I don't know if it is an appropriate comparison, but look at havoc the Ricky Williams situation created long term with the Miami Dolphins. I think there would always be the question about whether he is leaving or staying, and one would be able to confidently assume that once his contract has expired he will be jetting to play in Russia. I would look for a team that is stocking up to make a short term Stanley Cup run either this year or next, and unload him for whatever I can get in return. I would love to be proven wrong, but I don't think Nashville is positioned, as is, to make a cup run by the time his contract is up. There is way too much potential for long term damage to the organization by accepting him back and acting like nothing happened. Radulov cannot be allowed to be bigger than the team/organization.

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