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It's been almost four years since we last saw Alexander Radulov play in the NHL. He last appeared in a game for the Nashville Predators on April 20, 2008 -- a game that saw them eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a 3-0 Game 6 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Radulov left in July of 2008 to sign in the KHL with Salavat Yulayev Ufa, and despite his dominant play overseas, he hasn't been discussed much in North America.
With Radulov's KHL team having been eliminated from the playoffs, he is now eligible to return to the NHL -- NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly announced at the GM meetings this week that Radulov can return to the Predators at any time this year without having to pass through waivers. It has also been revealed the Predators would gladly welcome Radulov's return and Radulov himself would love to rejoin the team for a run at this year's Stanley Cup.
However, it's a bit complicated. Despite his team being knocked out of the playoffs in the KHL, there are contractual obligations that could keep him in Russia until April 30 -- meaning Radulov wouldn't appear in a regular season game for Nashville.