The Nashville Predators don’t want Alexander Radulov. They’re willing to trade his rights and, according to The Tennessean, there are a couple of squads that made inquiries.
At the same time, CSKA Moscow has already traded for his KHL rights in the hopes of convincing him to return to Russia.
Predators GM David Poile is now warning his NHL counterparts that there’s a sense of urgency regarding Radulov. Time is running out for them to act if they want him.
“If these teams are interested, they’re going to have to move pretty fast,” Poile said. “I think if they don’t he will sign in the KHL.”
Radulov is gifted offesnively, but he’s not without his baggage. He was criticized for his lack of effort during the playoffs. On top of that, he missed curfew during the postseason, which led to the team sending him to the press box for two games. Shea Weber later said that the incident was a “distraction” and felt “a little bit betrayed.”
With all that in mind, it wouldn’t be shocking if teams decide to simply let Radulov return to the KHL rather than rolling the dice on him.
With a quote that’s sure to raise the ire of the stats crowd, here’s Jonathan Quick on his .833 save percentage to start the season:
“That’s for people that don’t know the game. Those numbers don’t mean nothing. We’re 0-2, though. That number means something, so that’s something that we’ve got to get better at.”
(That quote, per LA Kings Insider.)
Quick allowed four goals on 22 shots in his last outing, a 4-1 loss to Arizona on Friday, after which head coach Darryl Sutter said of his star goalie: “He didn’t play very well tonight, did he?”
So even if Quick doesn’t think much of statistics, he should still be extra motivated for tonight’s home game against Vancouver, assuming he gets the start.
Last season, Quick’s .918 save percentage ranked in a three-way tie for 14th out of the 29 goalies who started 40 or more games.
After making the Wild out of training camp, Tyler Graovac got some bad news on Tuesday — head coach Mike Yeo said Graovac would miss the next 2-3 weeks with a groin strain.
Graovac, 22, played just under 14 minutes in Minnesota’s crazy 5-4 comeback win over Colorado in the season-opener, but sat out Saturday’s win over St. Louis.
At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Graovac was a notable physical presence in the Wild lineup, and is an intriguing prospect — he impressed with AHL Iowa last year, scoring 21 goals and 46 points in 73 games.