Alexander Radulov - Not returning for 2011-12 season
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09-03-2011, 11:24 AM
Join Date: Apr 2010
For what its worth, I had a long discussion with a member of the coaching staff very recently concerning Rads. Preds want him back but there are issues:
Rads needs to be the center of attention. He rubbed the vets the wrong way during his Preds stint. Most of those vets are gone, but Rads doesn't fit the Pred culture of sacrifice for team.
Rads is more than a celebrity in Mother Russia. He hangs with Putin. He's recognized as an elite player and Russia treats him like a God, which feeds into his need to be the center of attention. Don't think tooling with Mayor Karl Dean quite measures up to hunting with Putin.
He's making big money and he'd make $900K if he played out his contract with us.
On the upside, his parents still live in Nashville 6 months out of the year.
Bottom line, it's more likely he stays in Russia and basks in the glory of being "Da Man". If he does decide to come back, but wants a new contract, it could get dicey. Trading his rights has always been an option. If he makes serious noises about coming back, his trade value goes up.
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