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Report: KHL team ready to pony up record amount of money for Radulov’s rights


While the New York Rangers reportedly sniff around Predators forward Alexander Radulov, his former league is looking to win him back and they’re ready to break out the rubles to do it.

According to a report from Sport-Express in Russia, KHL squad CSKA Moscow wants to add Radulov to their roster. The problem is he belongs to Salavat Yulaev. For CSKA to land him, they’ll have to pay up and they’re looking to do so in record fashion. Poor translation ahead of Igor Larin’s story.

According to our information, now clubs are actively discussing the amount of compensation for the hockey player. Apparently, it will be primarily monetary. In the lobby stating that “Salavat” asks the Moscow club worth about 260 million rubles. And it will record compensation in the history of Russian hockey!

Hey, we warned you it was a poor translation. Where’s my Rosetta Stone, anyhow?

If you’re wondering, 260 million rubles converts to about $7.76 million U.S. dollars and makes for a hefty price to pay just to acquire a player’s rights. After all, Radulov might stay in the NHL and since he’s a restricted free agent the Predators get to match any offers. That wouldn’t seem to bode well for Radulov sticking around North America.

Maybe the Rangers want to get back in on the hunt for Rick Nash after all.

The NHL won’t have Nikita Filatov to kick around anymore


Nikita Filatov, we hardly knew ye.

The former Blue Jackets draft bust and Senators forward disappointment will be staying in Russia for the next two seasons. According to the team website for Salavat Yulaev in the KHL, Filatov has signed a two-year deal with the team (link in Russian).

Filatov started this season with the Ottawa Senators looking to make something of his career in the NHL, but did not live up to expectations and rather than work on his game in the AHL all over again, was allowed to go to Russia where he played for CSKA this season.

The former sixth overall selection of the Blue Jackets in 2008 has been nothing but a disappointment in North America playing in 53 games over parts of four seasons amassing just six goals and eight assists. With CSKA this season he had four goals and four assists in 18 games. While he might come back someday to the NHL, right now that possibility doesn’t seem likely.