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05-28-2009, 11:51 AM
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Alexander the *****

Radulov, a man of his word (this week anyway)

By DAVID STAPLES 05-27-2009 COMMENTS(4) CULT OF HOCKEY

Filed under: Peter Adler, KHL, Nashville Predators
Peter Adler, the Edmonton-based Euro-hockey expert, reports:

Is this double standard or is this double standard? Citing an existing contract with Ufa of the Russian Continental Hockey League (KHL), forward Alexander Radulov said he wouldn’t be returning to Nashville any time soon.

He did meet with Predators’ GM David Poile during the recent world championships in Switzerland at least a couple of times, but said that, while flattered by Nashville’s continuing interest, he’s under contractual obligation – well, was he not similarly tied to the Predators when he bolted for Russia?

Speaking of Salavat Yulayev Ufa, Patrick Thoresen (remember him?) has signed on. The former NHL player (Edmonton, Philadelphia) spent the last couple of seasons skating for Djurgarden (Sweden’s Elitserien) and Lugano (Swiss National League A).

In an interview with the Russian Sport-Express newspaper, Thoresen said the Ufa offer was the most lucrative and attractive of all the offers he’s got. Trying to put things in context, Thoresen said he was disappointed he got only fourth-line duty in Edmonton, which is not his forte.

Speaking of lucrative offers made by KHL clubs: the Russians ordered all of its clubs to have their financial houses in order or they face expulsion. Alexander Medvedev, the KHL chief, also said his league would not permit a situation like that of the Phoenix Coyotes to happen in their country.

Khimik Voskresensk, MVD Balashikha, Metallurg Novokuznetsk and Vityaz Podolsk Chekhov. Apparently Novosibirsk had some issues, too, but one of the league's bosses, Vladimir Shalayev, said these were short-term challenges, nothing to worry about.

Based on this he won't be coming back

Lets look at the lines now: As per signed players

Dumont-Arnott-Blank
Erat-Legwand-Blank
Jones-Wilson-Hornqvist
Belak-Smithson-Tootoo

Weber-Suter
Hamhuis-Klein
Sultzer

That's weak!!!

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