Why do Caps fans want to replace Semin with another Semin?
Semin is actually good defensively and better offensively than Radulov.
Radulov is better in the corners and tougher on the puck. Also Vanek-lite in front of the net, while Semin needs to be somewhere where he can snipe them in with room and whatnot.
If he's cheap it's a much better option than anything else available if Semin leaves. Even if he doesn't we still need top 6 forwards and Radulov is one. Radulov would be a good fit for Ovechkin's off wing as well.
Washington should do everything to get him. They have one of the best Russian friendly locker rooms with Ovechkin there. Most other places the Russian guy is the immediate scapegoat any time the team loses.
If some team trades for him, I don't think he'll go to the KHL. I think his problem is with Nashville and it all isn't necessarily about the money. They made their power play, he came back to burn his year off, and now it might've blown up in their face a tad.
Rangers will give minimal actual 7th and add at least one conditional third, and if miraculously Radulov produces for decent money on a short term deal, only then and in that case, maybe another conditional third.
If a prospect is involved, it might be the sparkplug D Pashnin, who prefers Russia to behind Rangers deep D corps, but is supposed to want to get to NHL at some point; if Preds lose either or both Suter/Weber over next 2 years, they may want to look at more D prospects, just to get some help to partially offset such loss.
What Shea Weber was far more egregious and should have actually gotten him suspended. The only ones who decided what Radulov did was worthy of suspension were Nashville who decided it's better to make a point and be control freaks than put the best players on the team on the ice.
I still haven't understood why the Preds did Radulov a favor by letting him play the couple games to end his contract? Someone care to explain? (Just to have a better chance at the cup...?) It was so obvious that he wouldn't re-sign with them.
Seriously though, looks like we won't get much. IMO, if he re-signs, he could be a steal.
If he could be had for something like an average prospect or mid-round pick, I could definitely see the Jets being interest.
A year ago a lot of people were applying the same stereotypes to Zherdev, but the Jets still went at him in free agency before he ultimately decided to sign in the KHL. Speculation was that Claude Noel was the one pushing for it, since he had experience coaching him in Columbus, just like he coached Radulov in Milwaukee.
I think you may be vilifying him just a bit too much. Money talks, and in his case particularly, I don't think any team was coming close to the contract he'd earn in the KHL. This isn't the case of a guy like Tarasenko turning down $2m in the KHL to take $1m+bonuses in the NHL. Radulov is likely to earn millions more in the KHL as their marquee player. Disappointing, no doubt, but it must be difficult to turn down that much money.
Actually the last rumor I heard was Tarasenko turned down 5m a year. So its actually worse in that way. Although I dont blame anybody for playing where they want to. Sucks for Nashville fans.
in the playoffs, he seemed, by the look of him, like he had come to the realization that playing in the NHL was harder than he remembered....i just don't know if his work ethic is where it needs to be to play in the NHL, he's probably better off in the KHL, where maybe he doesn't have to push it?
Originally Posted by Vitto79
pretty sure he led NSH in pts in the playoffs.........just saying
sure, but there were also times he looked almost like he had that look on his face like "what have i gotten myself into". maybe it's just me? the point total didn't surprise me because he's the most talented forward they have. the fact he'll not be back says something though.