|Predators' Radulov Inks
Deal With KHL Team
Predators RW Alexander Radulov last week signed with a team in Russia's Continental Hockey League (KHL) despite having a "year left on his contract with the Predators," marking a "violation of the detente brokered" last week between the NHL and the IIHL, according to Kevin McGran of the TORONTO STAR. The organizations last Thursday "agreed to continue not to poach players under contract while all parties ... worked toward a international player transfer agreement." IIHF Media Relations Dir Szymon Szemberg said IIHF President Rene Fasel has "informed the KHL that a signing of [a] player under contract is in blatant contradiction to the agreement." Szemberg: "The IIHF will urge the KHL to void the contract between the player and the KHL club." Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but Radulov said that the offer is "better than the $984,000 he would be paid" by the Predators next season (TORONTO STAR, 7/12
). KHL President Alexander Medvedev said that the new agreement "did not apply to Radulov's situation because it has not yet been signed by the respective parties." In Nashville, John Glennon cites Radulov's agent Jay Grossman as saying that Radulov had signed a three-year, $13M deal with KHL club Salavat Yulaev Ufa (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 7/14
). SI.com's Allan Muir cited Grossman as saying the three-year deal is worth $23-24M. Muir reported Radulov signed the deal with Salavat last Tuesday, two days "before the new agreement was brokered." The Predators "likely will suspend Radulov ... taking his salary off the books and freeing up some cap space." The team also "may decide to pursue retention of his services through the courts." And based on previous statements by Fasel, Radulov is "likely to be suspended from international play for anywhere from two to four years" (SI.com, 7/11
POSSIBLE ROADBLOCK TO AGREEMENT: The GLOBE & MAIL's Eric Duhatschek noted if Radulov is "permitted to leave for the start of the 08-09 season, that would represent a significant hitch in attempts to negotiate a new transfer agreement." Radulov's departure "would be a setback -- [on] a small level, for the [NHL] as a whole; on a larger scale, for" the Predators (GLOBESPORTS.com, 7/11).