Just to clarify why, Radulov isn't skilled enough to get away with being a *****, not back checking and being an enigma in the playoffs.
I'm not exactly a fan of his and I wouldn't be all that happy to have him in Montreal (especially not if it's true he's asking for a longterm deal with a lot of $), but his back-checking issues are exaggerated. My main issue with him is his tendency to take long shifts (and by that I mean that he likes to stay on the ice a lot longer than his line is supposed to) a la Kovalev.
Don't want Radulov anywhere near this team. It's not like there's any reason for him not to come back to the KHL after that failed Nashville stint.
Radulov, who will turn 26 next month, has a lucrative contract offer on the table from CKSA of the KHL, the league in which he played the last four seasons before returning to the Predators for the stretch run and the playoffs, but a well-placed source has told The Post the winger would prefer to continue his career in the NHL.
Predators forward Alexander Radulov reportedly turned down an invitation from Team Russia, so that he could undergo knee surgery.
As talented as this kid is, I'm not sure it would be a nice fit. Not only because it is Montréal, but since Therrien is the new coach, he's not really the kind of guy that goes along well with unprofessional behaviors such as Radulov's.
When you hear Therrien going on and on about Crosby and how he wants his players to model themselves after him, you just can't expect he would go along too well with a guy like Radulov.
It's actually sad, because he'd definitely bring a spark offensively, but at what cost? I wouldn't go to the extent of calling him a troublemaker, but i have my doubts on his commitment level to actually play to win the Stanley Cup.
So all in all, I'd lean towards the "no" option. Much like Semin, he's a talented player, something we cruelly lack up front, but there's more to a hockey player than just talent.
Too much of a risk.. I dont think his skills level are that impressive for a guy that have a so bad reputation.. I dont think he is a team player, Im not sure the kid is very bright either.. I would rather sign a guy vet like Jarg for 1 year to fill a hole short term on the top 2 lines or try to trade for Latendresse if he has trouble to agree on a deal with Minny..
I, for one, would love to be on the receiving end of some young, cheap, highly skilled brats, rather than the ones giving them away for free.
The Habs are severely lacking high end skill. If he can be had for a late round pick, you jump all over it. Pay him his money and be aware that he may go back to Russia and accept it. Its not like you gave up much to get him.
Then sign jagr and have the following:
Pacioretty Desharnais Cole
Radulov Plekanec Jagr
Bourque Eller Gionta
White Gaustad Moen
I'm definitely not a fan of him breaking team rules, but we don't know much except that he missed curfew. I've seen really good kids miss curfew before. You can tell when he's playing that he wants to win - its his off-ice antics that need to be improved.
If we weren't so weak at the wings, I'd look elsewhere. But I'd try to get any decent depth I could right now.
. I've seen really good kids miss curfew before. You can tell when he's playing that he wants to win - its his off-ice antics that need to be improved.
And did you see them leave for Russia as well? He missed the curfew at the worst moment of his life, worst timing ever, the guy is either not very smart or totally clueless, personally I think its not flying very high if you know what I mean.. On the ice, he gets frustrated pretty quickly and already acts like a primadona superstar when in fact the kid proved absolutely nothing at the NHL level yet.. I dont care how many pts he got in the KHL and how many coaches he killed there, I would rather fill our lines with less skilled but way more dedicated guys that will get used easily to the team concept.. If you trade to get the rights on Radulov, it means you will have to trade a very good asset for him, so it means you plan to sign the guy for at least 3 years, what is a very bad idea IMO and very risky taking in consideration theteam concept Therrien wanna bring.. Anyway Im not worried, there is no way Bergevin trade for that bum..
Last edited by NewHabsEra*: 06-06-2012 at 09:57 PM.
If we managed to trade up for Yakupov and get Radulov, Plekanec's line would be our first line, and Patches-DD-Cole our second line. Finally we'd have enough fire power to go by.
Plekanec's line should be the first one regardless of that.
Giving the two best wingers to the 2nd center was about as dumb a move as walking in shorts, t-shirt and flip flops during a snow storm.
We ''tried'' that last season and it resulted in us finishing 15th. What was even more frustrating was not seeing that DD line change even though it wasn't leading us to victories and they were producing.
RC turned Plekanec into a 3rd line center, Eller into a 4th one and AK into a 4th liner. All for no reason, at all. Boy I'm glad he's no longer coach.
As for Radulov, people love to blow things out of proportion.
Radu and AK get home perfectly sober but about one hour too late. Spin that around and it comes out as ''Radu and AK got drunk and partied till the wee hours of the morning. Their teammates want nothing to do with them. They are bad cancers, traitors and distractions''. I don't know why people feed into that really...it's quite disturbing.
Radu, if UFA, arguably becomes the best winder available with Semin. Ironically, a lot of people here do not want anything to do with either, even though they are proven talent and producers.
I'd gladly welcome either or both of them. We have no freaking talent on this team.
I'm pretty sure Mtl fans would have chased Kopitar out of town already had we picked him.