Preds Parting Ways With Radulov
And so it appears what has been one of the most drawn-out sagas in recent hockey memory is closing a chapter. Alexander Radulov and the Nashville Predators are to part ways according to General Manager David Poile.
Radulov always represented the carrot that could lead Nashville to great heights. The player who, at the peak of his game, can be a difference-maker. And in a way was a bit of the “prodigal son” parable. But things didn’t shake out the way Nashville would have liked, and so the decision has come down to part ways.
What it realistically means for the Preds is that whatever money it would have taken to bring Radulov back into the fold and sign him to a term that would keep him happy and in North America can now be aimed at both Preds players needing to be re-signed and potential free agents as well. Indeed it might also help the Predators, which is without a first round draft pick this year, recoup that and more.
At the end of it all, it’s a good thing that the Predators were able to make this decision now and put out some feelers. Let interested parties kick the tires and see what comes back. After all, a little competition could bring a few quality offers back for Nashville.
Finally, keep in mind that this Predators team was doing very, very well before Radulov returned last year as well. Would they love to add the right piece(s) at the right price? Absolutely. But is it a must that the Predators hit a home run this off-season? Likely not – provided they are able to re-sign key personnel like Ryan Suter.
The draft is just around the corner, and I would expect to see something develop in the days leading up to it if a deal is to be had. Keep in mind Radulov is an RFA, meaning Nashville could qualify him if the wind changes, but that really doesn’t sound like it will be an option.
Until next time, keep your stick on the ice.