Radulov has signed a one-year, $5.75 million deal with the Canadiens, reports TSN. Last year, the Habs took a $2 million deal on Alexander Semin. This contract is huge and Radulov has a rap for being a great-scoring, poor-working winger. A near $6 million deal for a guy who hasn't been in the league for a while is odd. However, Radulov has a big fan in Shea Weber, one of the newest Habs, who may have gone out on a limb to endorse him. The team needs scoring and he can do that. A second-line job is waiting.
Radulov agreed to terms on a contract Sunday with Salavat of the KHL, Elliotte Freiedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports. Radulov expressed interest in returning to the NHL for the 2016-17 season, but after he found no team who was willing to meet his contract demands, he elected to stay in Russia. A former first-round pick by the Predators in 2004, Radulov last appeared in the NHL during the 2011-12 campaign. He compiled 23 goals and 65 points in 53 games for CSKA Moscow last season.
Radulov could be of interest to the Red Wings if he agrees to a one-year contract, MLive.com reports. Radulov is a former NHLer -- originally drafted by the Predators with the 15th overall pick in 2004 --- who's spent the past four seasons in the KHL with CSKA Moscow, amassing 160 regular-season points. He comes with character concerns, having burned bridges with Nashville in the past, but the Wings' brass feel that they could mitigate that risk by keeping the contract limited to one year. As noted in the report, Radulov could invigorate an offense that sputtered offensively in 2015-16, especially in the playoffs when the team scored just one power-play goal on 25 chances. General manager Ken Holland will be crunching the numbers with his offseason roadmap largely influenced by Pavel Datsyuk, who's expected to forgo the final year of his contract and cause a $7.5 million cap hit. There are also rumblings that the Wings could be pursuing Steven Stamkos, a pending unrestricted free agent, but the report notes that a Radulov signing could take them out of contention for the league's biggest name in free agency this summer.
Radulov, a former NHLer who had been playing in Russia, is drawing interest from the Red Wings, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Radulov was Nashville's first-round draft pick in 2004. He played for the Preds between 2006-08, only to return to Russia for four seasons with Ufa Salavat of the Kontinental Hockey League. The winger was drawn back to Nashville in 2011-12, but burned bridges, breaking curfew and getting suspended in the second round of the playoffs. Character concerns aside, Radulov can flat out play hockey. He's produced 47 goals and 89 assists between the last two seasons with CSKA Moscow, a club managed by former Red Wing star Sergei Fedorov. As noted in the report, Radulov - 102 points in 154 NHL games -- might be searching for a long-term deal, but that could be tough to swing as Detroit could take a $7.5 million cap hit in the likely event that Pavel Datsyuk steps away from the NHL next season.
Alexander Radulov signed a four-year deal with CSKA Moscow of the KHL on Monday, according to Sport-Express's Slava Malamud.
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