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Report: Radulov not in Nashville's plans

Tuesday, 06.05.2012 / 7:43 PM / News

NHL.com

It appears Alex Radulov's days with the Nashville Predators are coming to a close.

Predators general manager David Poile told The Tennessean on Tuesday that he's hoping to trade Radulov's rights to another NHL team or allow him to return to the Kontinental Hockey League.

Alexander Radulov
Alexander Radulov
Right Wing - NSH
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 5 | PTS: 6
SOG: 13 | +/-: 2
Radulov left Nashville for the KHL in 2008, but returned to the Predators in late March. He had six points (one goal, five assists) in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"The best way to characterize it is it's time to not pursue Rad anymore," Poile told the paper. "If he wants to play in the KHL that's fine; if he wants to play with another NHL team, I'd be willing to trade his rights."

Radulov got off to a tremendous start in his return to Nashville, as he tallied five points in the club's five-game series victory against the Detroit Red Wings in the first round. But a curfew violation by Radulov and teammate Andrei Kostitsyn resulted in a suspension for both players for Game 3 during the Western Conference Semifinals against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Predators went on to lose that second-round series in five games.

"We feel the fit right now is not with Nashville," Poile said. "He is currently in negotiations in the KHL, but still leaving the window open to a possible return to the NHL. I have reached out to a few teams in the NHL to see whether there is any interest. If there is there's the possibility we could trade his rights. But that's where it stands today."

The New York Post reported Saturday night that Rangers general manager Glen Sather has been in contact with Poile regarding Radulov, who is set to become a restricted free agent. The Rangers are expected to begin next season without Marian Gaborik, who is out up to six months after undergoing shoulder surgery.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round