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NHL Rumors: Rangers reach out to Predators about Alexander Radulov

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com
Radulov had seven points in nine regular-season games for the Preds. (Getty Images)

Alexander Radulov might be done playing for the Nashville Predators after how things went at the close of this season, but maybe he's not done with the NHL after all. There is a team that's reportedly interested in trying to sway Radulov to stay in the States instead of returning to big money in the KHL.

Acting with deliberate speed in the wake of the news 41-goal scorer Marian Gaborik will require right shoulder surgery that could sideline the sniper into December of next season, Rangers general manager Glen Sather has been in touch with Predators GM David Poile regarding impending Group II free agent winger Alexander Radulov, The Post has learned.

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The degree to which these discussions between Sather and Poile have advanced is unknown, but The Post has learned this is more than the GM “kicking the tires.” The Blueshirts, of course, would have to be given a window in which to conduct contract negotiations with Radulov before agreeing to trade for his rights

Larry Brooks, N.Y. Post

Well that's interesting, wouldn't seem to be a great fit on first blush with Radulov and the Rangers. He just doesn't exactly seem like a John Tortorella player, does he? But he does offer offensive potential and the Rangers are back to looking for more ways to score after getting few goals this postseason, which ended in the Eastern Conference finals.

Also worth considering here, the Rangers are one team that has been mentioned in speculation about Zach Parise and his free-agent future that lies ahead. Well if the Rangers were to acquire Radulov's negotiating rights and sign him to a new deal to keep him in the NHL, you have to think that would take them out of the Parise sweepstakes.

Brooks does report that Radulov would prefer to remain in the NHL but I am still skeptical he won't be returning to Russia after this season. There will undoubtedly be a lot of pressure on Radulov to come back, and a lot of money to entice him. But I suppose if there are many teams that could make things work and get Radulov to say -- and the contract situation worked out -- the Rangers would be on the list.

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