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02-23-2012, 11:39 AM
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As I stated in a thread in the Trade forum, if Poile knows that Radulov will only come back to play for another team then he had better get more than just AK and a dman. If Radulov says he wants to come back to play, not in Nashville, then every other team interested is going to have one or two opinions: 1) the other teams will all think they have an equal chance of bringing him over, thus starting a minor bidding war, or 2) the other teams will all think they have the best shot at bringing him over, thus starting a bigger bidding war.

If Montreal is the only destination then Poile still holds all of the leverage. He can keep Radulov's rights, and Rads does not play anywhere. OR he can use his leverage against Montreal to get more (though I'm not really sure what more we would want). If Rads says he wants to play in Montreal then we are no longer trading merely the rights to the player, but we are trading the player himself.

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