According to Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov, KHL powerhouse CSKA Moscow has acquired the negotiating rights of Alexander Radulov from his former KHL team, Salavat Yulaev.
The move doesn’t come as much of a surprise given CSKA has publicly stated — for weeks — that they intended to pursue the ex-Predator.
On June 4, a report surfaced from Sport-Express that CSKA was prepared to pay a league-record amount for Radulov’s services for the upcoming campaign (CSKA is also rumored to be interested in Washington Capitals sniper Alex Semin, also for big bucks.)
Here’s what the Edmonton Journal wrote earlier about the club’s recent financial windfall:
Now that Rosneft, one of Russia’s oil giants, has taken over full sponsorship of CSKA Moscow, it gave general manager Sergei Fedorov carte blanche to go after the best talent available.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Earlier this year, the KHL club inked Igor Radulov, the former Chicago Blackhawk…that also happens to be Alexander’s older brother.