Apparently those who run his Kontinental Hockey League team don’t feel much differently about Alexander Radulov than their Nashville Predators counterparts.
Former NHL great Sergei Federov, now the general manager of CSKA Moscow, announced his team captain for the 2013-14 season on Monday. It was not Radulov, who filled that role last season.
“The last captain had problems with discipline,” Fedorov, said in a report from Russian website rian.ru. “Will it hurt the previous captain? He shouldn’t and cannot be hurt.”
Radulov had 68 points in 48 games and played in his fifth straight KHL All-Star Game last season. His 46 assists led the league.
Clearly, he still has the offensive skills that have – at times – prompted teams in two different professional leagues to fight over his services.
Concurrently, he continues to display the discipline issues that make him so maddening to the Predators, who drafted him in the first round (15th overall) in 2004. When he was last with the team, in the 2012 NHL playoffs, he was suspended for one game for violation of team rules.
Nashville still has Radulov’s NHL rights, but given that 27-year-old signed a reorted four-year KHL deal prior to last season, it is not likely he will be back here anytime soon.
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