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02-20-2014, 06:10 PM
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I'd sell my tickets and forego any home games if Rads was on the roster in a week. Things weren't forgiven when bringing him back in 2012 ... it was a no cost move to try to make a push in the playoffs. Any idea that he was coming back long term was based on wishful thinking, not rational thought. The world knew he was "damaged goods" long before the curfew incident ... from his leaving while under contract to actions while in the KHL.
Multi-years? He was on the Preds roster for less than two seasons, only one full, then bolted and signed in the KHL within the first week the Preds could possibly sign him to an extension ... July following his second season.
What's next, an essay on now the Titans should pursue Ray Rice? The reasons to enshrine McGuire and Bonds? After all, it's about winning ... character be damned ... right?
SEASON TEAM GP G A PTS +/-
'06-'07 NSH 64 18 19 37 19
'07-'08 NSH 81 26 32 58 7
'11-'12 NSH 9 3 4 7 3
Career 154 47 55 102 29
Multi, meaning two.
Then there was the hoopla when he returned. All smiles and optimism:
Predators GM David Poile: Alex Radulov reunion ‘absolutely’ about enticing Suter, Weber to stay in Nashville.
By Greg Wyshynski
March 21, 2012 12:58 PM
Alex Radulov officially rejoined the Nashville Predators on Wednesday: Meeting the media, rocking his yellow sweater with a familiar No. 47 and skating with his new teammates.
But his return to Nashville is also very much about his old teammates, too: Defensemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, whose impending free agency has this franchise at a crossroads.
According to ESPN, Weber, the team's captain, was polled by Poile three weeks ago to make sure that Radulov's return didn't rock the dressing room's chemistry.
"He didn't want to bring a guy over that we're going to be shunning and not welcoming into our room," Weber told Pierre LeBrun. "He's the kind of player that we know what he's about, we played with him, he's a good kid, we're excited to get it going here."
In bringing back Radulov, the Predators have added a potent offensive player an arsenal that already ranks in the Top 10 for the NHL. Combine that with the moves the team made at the trade deadline — Andrei Kostitsyn, Hal Gill and Paul Gaustad among them — and Poile has aggressively built a contender in the West.
But are these moves also an attempt to convince Suter, an unrestricted free agent this summer, and Weber, a restricted free agent one year away from UFA status, to remain in Nashville?
"Absolutely," Poile said.
He said the Predators have made strides as a franchise, as a gate attraction and as Stanley Cup contender. Nashville brings Radulov back not only as a significant addition for this Cup run, but potentially as a piece of the core going forward.
"We've talked to him about hoping that this lasts longer, and I think he feels the same way," said Poile. "In conversations with Alex and his agent, there's no timetable. No pressure. If this is the right fit, that's great, and we'll live happily ever after."
So, up to "The Curfew", it was all about winning and appeasing Weber and Suter. My point is, missing curfew by 15 minutes, was a controllable circumstance for the organization. Blowing it out of proportion branded Rads a villain, lowered his market value, and probably pissed off Suter as evidence that we were playing by the Marquis of Queensbury Rules while the rest of the league kicks you in the groin to win at all costs. Kings trade for Carter after he party's too much for the BJs. He scores goals and they win the Cup. Why must we stitch the Scarlet "A" on Rads in public when we're trying to win playoff games and get max value for him either by signing him or trading him?
Rads is not Ray Rice or Pacman. No one will ever know what went on behind the scenes of him walking out on his contract. That said, by coming back in 2012, he lived up to his contract. It wasn't like we were paying him while he left. It suspended his contract until he returned.
Suter and Weber both liked playing with Rads the first and second time. It could have worked and it may have caused Suter to stay.
Good thing our Front Office and Coaching Staff wern't running the Yankees of the late 70's. There would have been no pennants. Too much divisiveness. Not enough choir boys.
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