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.