David Poile was on 104.5 Tuesday afternoon. The 1st question was of course about Radulov.
He said that over in Switzerland he did meet with Radulov (it was the first face to face meeting since Rads left last summer). He said that Radulov talked with Suter, Wilson, Weber, Hamhuis almost everyday. I think he said that all the teams were in the same hotel or hotel complex and ate at the same place and all saw each other at the ice rinks since there were something like 8 locker rooms and they were pretty much all there at the same time.
Poile said Radulov had been in touch with some guys from the Preds team most of the year and had been keeping up with the Preds all season. Poile said they talked about last season, R/U-FAs, the direction of the team, the guys we drafted in '08, if Wilson would make the team, etc..
And Rads talked about Milwaukee being in the playoffs and following them, too.
Poile said he thinks Radulov has a lot to think about.
Also Poile said he will be meeting with Sully again soon and last time things were pretty positive. And Poile's going to be meeting with Trotz about R/U-FA's. They didn't get to have any meetings at the end of the season because Trotz was already gone to the Canadian camps for the WC.
So basically I took from this, if some of our "core" players are hanging out with Rads and some others were keeping in touch throughout this season, then they won't have much of a problem with Rads coming back this coming season. Some guys might hate what he did and may really try to lay him out or cuss him out on the ice in camp or sometime, but then once the games start will get over it. It almost seems that fans have taken it harder than some of the players did.
*Also, Shea Weber was named the WC's Best Dman!
Thanks for the update, this doesn't sound like a team that absolutely loathes this benedict arnold now does it? Or that Radulov hates Nashville... I hope we can get him back... come on back Rads, you know you want to play in the best league with the best players
Lol xEx....you being Canadian has nothing to do with it right?
It has nothing todo with me being Canadian and everything with me being a Nashville fan. I guess I'm still bitter on him splitting for the money after him being considered one of the unlikely guys to split since he played in the Q and not straight from Russia.
I remember there being talk that the IIHF couldn't stop Radulov from playing in the KHL but in IIHF events that it might be a possibility. I guess eveyone involved is just going to let everything slide in the hopes he comes back to the NHL and the KHL, IIHF & NHL can work out a transfer deal.
When I saw his celebration, to me it looks like a big FU to the Predators and the NHL.
Not sure if others have heard, but the KHL notified the Players union that they want to start drafting players at 17 and lock them in for 10 years. Probably only affects Russian players but its somewhat interesting.
I felt sick watching Radulov play in the Worlds. If Fassell wasn't so corrupt, Radulov wouldn't be on the ice.
I can't see him coming back, if his own teammates don't take a run or two others will. I didn't disagree with any of his celebrations over the first two years but if he pulls something like the above in the NHL, he'll be missing a few teeth. I really don't mind the stick thing, but I can't stand the arms in the air, look at me thing. Especially when you skate pass your teamates to finish your show.
I wonder how Weber, Hamuis and Trotz felt watching Radulov's display.
I don't think too many people will mind it here if he does it around 30-40 time next season while playing for us.
Alexander Radulov has taken a final decision to pursue a career in Russia, despite all attempts of Nashville to bring Radulov back to the club. According to some reports the Predators met with the Russian forward at the World Championships in Bern. Radulov signed a three-year contract with Salavat despite having a contract with Nashville, sparking a veritable transfer war between the KHL and the NHL.
IMO Radulov has acted so gutlessly in this entire issue by hiding behind his agent. Even IF he came back the players would be so p----- at him that it would effect his play and he would start begging for a trade. I think he knows this to be true on some level and is just afraid to just come out and say no to Nashville. In his child-like mind he wants to keep all of his options open. I also have no doubt that he wants to improve his game in the KHL before he comes back to the NHL and tries to compete with Malkin and Ovechkin for the limelight. (not going to happen anyway).
So what about all the people who are saying NO one from the team wants him back and it will cause the team to fall apart?
Predators captain Jason Arnott, who in the past has questioned how Radulov would fit in the locker room, sounded Monday as if he were more willing to let bygones be bygones.
"If he does come back, he's our teammate and we have to accept that,'' Arnott said. "He's going to have some issues and some apologies he'll have to make, not only to us but to the fans as well. I think the fans will be a lot more important because we can get over a lot of stuff in the room and keep going and playing."
Beat me to it. I was very surprised to see that quote from Arnott, of all people.
It's a shame Radulov has opted not to come back.
We don't know that. Glennon's blog had more recent quotes from Radulov in which he said that he was open to coming back, but the "two teams" had to work something out. It was also shown that the article you originally posted was translated poorly by a Capitals blogger, and the quotes were from before Radulov's latest meeting with Poile at the WCs.
Wow, June 10 was the last post and its still on the first page? Anyways found this:
News: The Sports Xchange reports both Predators coach Barry Trotz and president of hockey operations/general manager David Poile met with forward Alexander Radulov during the World Championships in Switzerland. Both believe he is more mature and more complete player after playing a season for the Continental Hockey League in Russia, and both think he is ready to come back to the NHL. "I don't know what his contract situation is," said Trotz. "I don't know if he has an out clause. If he wants to come back he would be a welcome addition for us."