With all the draft picks that we have its too bad we didn't trade for Lang. He has been a sniper against the Preds for a few years and could have been a great player to go along side of our top 2 lines.
Lang has size and mad skills but you don't want him anyway--he's lazy as hell.
A Radulov trade seems like a 50/50 proposition to me whenever he does decide to come back. I'm on the fence....if he truly does desire to come back and realizes his mistake/fits back in with the team, I would rather hang on to him UNLESS we receive close to equal value in a trade.
And lets face it - equal value before this fiasco would have been top prospect + first round pick + high upside roster player....or something of that nature. Where Radulov's value stands now, I have no idea.
First, why is there no chance the Preds would keep him?
Some of those proposals are ridiculous, but I agree would take a LOT for a team to acquire him (regardless of how low his value is right now).
As an Oilers fan, I'd offer:
Rob Schremp, Marc Pouliot, Steve Staios, 2nd rounder in '09 and 1st rounder in '10
Alex Radulov and Greg Zanon
I would think this would be one of the better offers ventured forth for Radulov at this point. NOTE: If Radulov did return and played through the first half of the season, I think his value could regain its former level, but I also think that if he plays through half the season on the Preds, he will be signing an extension by season's end.....
Cogliano, Staios, 2nd in '09 for Radulov & Zanon ?
I'd rather have Penner, to be honest. He's certainly expensive, but he replaces most, if not all of Radulov's production. It sends Pihlström back to the minors but a spot will open up for him after next season.
Question(s): If the leagues go to arbitration at some point after the start of the season and the NHL wins and Rads is ordered to return (presumably for the current year, say, 25 games into the season), how is his contract handled? Does he then only owe the Preds the remainder of the season at a pro rata salary or do the suspension games carry over to the following year? I assume the former, in which case the Preds get screwed out of part of the value of the year. I guess the parties could stipulate that whatever ruling was made would not kick in until the following season, which might make sense for everyone.
This has nothing to do with money and everything to do with the NHL crying like a bunch of babies because it's getting a taste of its own medicine.
In the absence of a transfer agreement, the NHL gets away with signing players under contract because it's not under IIHF jurisdiction. The NHL is a seperate entity from Hockey Canada and USA Hockey; hence it's not under the umbrella of the IIHF....meaning there's no accountability.
Unlike the RSL, the KHL was set up using this exact same model; i.e. it's now a seperate entity from the Russian Hockey Federation meaning it's no longer under the authority of the IIHF.
Despite the complaints from NHL, this is why Radulov CAN compete in international competitions and Ufa ISN'T disqualified from the Champions League.
Medvedev is playing Daly like a fiddle and it appears all Daly has left is to accuse the IIHF and KHL of working together.
With Radulov wanting to come back to the NHL, there is no chance that the Predators should keep him so what are some possible trade options keeping in mind that he would be a $5M player in years to come?