The agent representing Alex Radulov said his client has been contacted by the Colorado Avalanche — who, of course, are coached by Radulov’s former Quebec League bench boss, Patrick Roy.
Per Russian news outlet Championat, Yuri Nikolaev — who also represents the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Burmistrov — said that Radulov has spoken with Roy about joining the Avalanche for the 2016-17 campaign, once his deal with CSKA Moscow has expired.
It’s an intriguing bit of news as Radulov, who turns 29 in July, has always been a controversial figure. He infamously parted ways with Nashville in 2008, only to briefly return to the club for its 2012 playoff run. That, of course, ended badly as Radulov and teammate Andrei Kostitsyn were suspended during the second round for violating curfew, with the Preds getting bounced shortly thereafter.
There is no denying Radulov’s talent, however. He’s coming off his best-ever KHL campaign, having captured the league’s scoring title with 71 points in just 46 games.
The prospect of him reconnecting with Roy is also intriguing, as the two were a dynamic force together in junior. During the 2005-06 campaign, Radulov scored a ridiculous 61 goals and 152 points in just 62 games, then scored nine points in four games at the Memorial Cup, helping Roy capture his first and only championship as a head coach.