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Alexander Radulov who quit his Nashville Predators mid-contract to go to the KHL, then asked to come back only to be booted off the team for disciplinary problems seems to be continuing his efforts back in the K.

 

 Who actually thought this guy was captain material in the first place? Talent, he has. Leadership qualities? LMFAO!

 

 http://www.thefourthperiod.com/news/khl130826.html

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@fishbulb  I'm shocked to see Federov runs that team. I could not see him naming Radulov captain, with all his NHL experience. It musta been him though, this is Russia, it's not like they let the team vote...lol.

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I understand the guy has his off ice antics, but the impact he made for them in the playoffs was immediate, He has to at least be somewhat of a presence in the locker room or at least was.

 

Its also understandable that you can't keep a cancer outside of the team on the team.

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I understand the guy has his off ice antics, but the impact he made for them in the playoffs was immediate, He has to at least be somewhat of a presence in the locker room or at least was.

 

Its also understandable that you can't keep a cancer outside of the team on the team.

See, when I heard he was suspended by nashville for a game in the playoffs, I figured it was something major. By the version I heard, him and Kos were only at the bar because the only places to eat were on the other side of town, the whole team went there and that he was only 15 minutes late for curfew.

 

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2013/07/22/ex-predators-winger-alexander-radulov-opens-up-about-night-out-in-phoenix

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1198348/

 

 

The soiree at the W—alcohol free, according to a source—was followed by an L for the Predators: The Coyotes dominated uncharacteristically sloppy Nashville 5--3 that night. Kostitsyn scored, but Radulov, other than an assist on a power-play goal, was noticeable only for his sloth. During the second intermission NBC Sports Network in-studio analyst Keith Jones, who customarily prepares highlight clips that range from 23 to 27 seconds, offered one minute and seven seconds of Radulov's hockey misdemeanors during the first two games of the series, a devastating show-and-tell that stripped the two-time MVP of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League and sold him for parts.

Then Radulov's evening really turned lousy.

Although one team official learned about 30 minutes before Game 2 that Radulov and Kostitsyn had broken the Predators' midnight curfew, he did not feel that it was the appropriate time to relay the news to coach Barry Trotz or general manager David Poile. Trotz learned of the indiscretion after his postgame press conference, when a reporter pulled him aside and mentioned that media members had spotted the two players out late the night before. When the Predators returned to the team hotel adjacent to Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Trotz checked the security logs: Radulov and Kostitsyn indeed had returned around 1 a.m.

Radulov was summoned to a lobby restaurant, where Trotz was waiting, stiff in his white shirt and suit slacks. The tableau looked like a scene from The Godfather. They talked for 45 minutes. Two days later the Predators suspended the 25-year-old winger, their leading playoff scorer with six points, and Kostitsyn, a 27-year-old second-line wing. The players missed Game 3, an industrious 2--0 Nashville win, and then, because Trotz was not inclined to change a winning lineup, were scratched for Game 4 two nights later, when the Predators, lacking finish, lost 1--0. "It was a pretty easy decision," Poile said in announcing the suspension. "Our creed has always been to do the right thing." The moral high ground had a spectacular view of the abyss; down 3--1 in the series, the Predators faced elimination in Game 5 on Monday night.

For hockey's chattering classes—including some NHL executives—the Scottsdale episode represented a "Russian problem." Forget that while Radulov grew up in Nizhni Tagli, Kostitsyn is actually from Belarus. In the Russian Devolution all semblance of nuance is lost. Although it has been more than two decades since marquee players left a crumbling Soviet Union to play in the NHL, players from former bloc countries often are still tossed into the same pot of borscht. When former Flyers captain Mike Richards and teammate Jeff Carter—who helped the Kings into the Western Conference finals with a sweep of St. Louis—were exiled by Philadelphia last summer amid rumors of excessive partying, their story was never framed as an example of the shortcomings of Canadian players. But Russians (and fellow travelers) are not given the same benefit of individuality. They are, in the collective imagination of many in the league, me-first players who are shy on sacrifice and not fully committed to the idea of the Stanley Cup as the ultimate hockey prize.

"Their mentality is what it is," says Devils forward Patrik Elias, who is Czech. "A lot of the times they're being brought up to be individual players throughout their careers, because if you have the skills, you've got to show it.... And I think it's an adjustment for some of the guys to come here and build into that team system."

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