(September 2, 2008) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that Alexander Radulov
has been suspended indefinitely without pay for the 2008-09 season.
Radulov, 22, has one season remaining on his existing entry level contract. During the off-season, he signed a contract with a Russian KHL team in violation of his NHL contract.
The Predators recently advised Radulov that he had until September 1 to notify the Predators of his intention to return to the club in time for the 2008-09 season or face suspension.
“We are disappointed Alex will not be with the Predators at the start of this season,” said Poile. “He is a world class player who demonstrated last season, with 26 goals and 58 points, that he is an emerging NHL talent. However, since he has not responded to our recent correspondence, we must move forward with our plans for the coming season.
“At some point, we hope Alex will have a desire to return to the NHL and compete in the best league in the world, with and against the best competition. We will re-visit his status at that time.
“Until then, we are focused on the players who are representing the Predators and providing them the necessary support and guidance. We will not allow Alex’s situation to be a distraction and, as such, will have no further comment on Alex or his situation.”