DETROIT | From Russia to North America, some things get lost in translation, or lost in an uncertain situation. Those watching Washington Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov are all too familiar with that.
What we know in regard to Alexander Radulov’s fluid situation is that he’s flying to New York and to Nashville on Tuesday. The winger who just finished up his season in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League is expected to rejoin the Nashville Predators soon, though an official timetable is not clear.
Radulov, who bolted for the KHL in 2008 with a year left on his NHL deal with the Predators, could play as early as Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The 25-year-old scored 26 goals in his last season with Nashville in 2007-08 and put up 25 goals and 38 assists in 50 games with Ufa Salavat Yulayev this year.
His decision to come back to the NHL is one of the most talked-about soap operas going on in hockey right now. Caps captain Alex Ovechkin weighed in Monday night after the 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
“[The KHL] lost probably biggest star. But it’s all about his decision. It’s his life. I don’t know,” Ovechkin said. “If somebody wants to play in better league than that league. KHL right now, it’s growing up. It’s no doubt, they’re getting bigger and bigger. I think still NHL is best league in the world and the best players go there.”
Radulov played four seasons in the KHL and was more than a point-a-game player in three of them. How he’s able to translate back to the NHL and try to help the Predators’ run for what they hope is a Stanley Cup remains to be seen.