Alexander Radulov won’t join Red Wings or NHL this season

The Detroit Red Wings were reportedly interested earlier this month in signing former Nashville Predators forward Alexander Radulov to a possible one-year deal. Radulov last played in the NHL in 2012 and has been playing in the KHL for CSKA Moscow.

However, due to Radulov’s asking price of at least $7.5 million, Detroit no longer has interest in him. Their belief that a one-year deal in the $4-5 million range was fair, especially given his issues with work-ethic and dedication to the game.

The Colorado Avalanche were also reportedly interested in signing Radulov, but that scenario won’t be playing out either. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Radulov has signed in the KHL with Salavat, though their general manager has denied the report.

A draft pick of the Predators in 2004, Radulov has amassed 47 goals and 55 assists in 154 NHL games, all with Nashville. He has totaled 146 goals and 281 assists in 338 career games playing overseas in the KHL.

He clearly has the talent to be a productive NHL player. But his reputation for not being fully committed has scrubbed any chance of a return to North America, at least for the time being. The most notable example of his lack of desire occurred in 2012, when he and another teammate were suspended for a Predators’ playoff game after being spotted at 5:00 AM at a bar, breaking team curfew.

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