Have you seen this guy lately? He looks all beer chubby, probably no where near in shape for the NHL. He is living the dream - playing hockey in his home country for millions of bucks and he gets to party all the time because he is just that much better than everyone else. It's like getting paid to go play pee-wee at the age of 21 (or 19 for my north of the border friends).
I'm sorry, I've been with the same engineering firm for the last 6 years now (hired after graduation). Love the atmosphere, flexibility, benefits and salary that I have here, so why would I leave??
I guess Radulov was not happy about the entire league, since he decided to bolt twice from North America
Say what you will about his attitude (which is probably warranted either way), but I wouldn't think twice about doing what I love at home, close to the family, and being paid 2x as much as I could get in a workplace halfway across the globe with no friends/family and making less money. He probably just wanted to come and try out what it'd be like in the NHL. However, Nashville did nothing wrong in asking him to keep the same level of professionalism they ask for in their players and he didn't do it. I highly doubt he'll ever be back in his good years. Maybe when he's old as hell and wants a chance at the Cup as he's already done everything back in the KHL. I doubt anyone would want him then though.
Hope he'll return. NHL can always use talented, exciting players and he's definitely that. As for returning...
There's competition, which is overall better than the KHL if that's something he's interested in. There's history, and it's possible he'd want to leave his mark playing for a team that's been part of the oldest and best hockey league. I'd argue it'd be a better league to leave a legacy in, although he would probably be more dominant in the K.
For reasons to stay, he'll make more money (NHL cap is going up, but I don't see a FA out of the KHL at 29/30 getting the 9 million he's getting now), he's close to home and his home culture (if that's what he wants) and he brings legitimacy to his league by being a guy that could definitely succeed in the NHL but chooses to remain home. Maybe he's patriotic?
I'd take him on my team in a snap though. Would I worry he'd bolt if things went bad? Maybe. But I'd take that chance for sure.
I don't doubt that he has a bad attitude for a team game, but the priority for most players is money. Other things do get consideration for players, but money is by far the biggest thing for them. You'll rarely see someone take a massive pay cut and any pay cuts taken are usually speculation and/or relatively minor. Money and salary come before everything else even if other things are a part of it at times and Radulov is getting paid probably more then twice as much as he would receive in the NHL in a place that's as close to home as he can get while playing professional hockey.
Huh? I mean the Nashville media kept asking him about why he left and he obviously was uncomfortable with those questions but I don't think anyone treated him like crap.
Unless you are referring to him and AK being ratted out for being out past curfew by a media member.
Not only did the media rat out Radulov for breaking of curfew, they blew it waaaaaay out of proportion.
Radulov/Kostitsyn were no less than an hour late, returning from dinner at a non-alcohol serving establishment.
Plus there was that TV analyst who character assassinated Radulov (complete with 'select' video clips) despite 90% of Nashville players performing much worse (I'm looking in your direction Suter/Weber).
NHL 'Good ole boy' media types were out for blood with Radulov from the beginning.