Former NHLer and current Russian superstar Alexander Radulov is interested in returning to the NHL, and it appears that the Red Wings are among teams interested in signing him.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 3, 2016
Detroit has been exploring the possibility since their elimination from the playoffs in late April.
The team is interested in offering Radulov a one year contract, likely in the range of $4 million to $5M
Although he is a unique talent, there are some detrimental intangibles with Radulov. During his fourth year playing in Russia, he swung his stick at his coach while on the bench. Shortly after that, he returned to the Nashville Predators, only to be suspended during the second round of the playoffs for missing team curfew.
Radulov is 30 years old, and was selected by Nashville with the 15th pick of the 2004 NHL Draft. In 154 regular season NHL games, he has 47 goals and 102 points and recorded six goals and 14 points in 18 career playoff games.
The Red Wings are expected to be among teams interested in phenom Steven Stamkos if they are able to move the contract of Pavel Datsyuk, who is generally expected to retire from the NHL and move back to his native Russia. Signing Radulov would likely put an end to any ideas of making a run at Stamkos, however.