Red Wings likely won’t pursue Predators forward Alexander Radulov
News out of Nashville this week has the Predators looking to trade the rights to forward Alexander Radulov. Would he be a fit for the Red Wings?
Radulov is a pending restricted free agent, but according to the Tennessean, the Predators no longer see him as part of their future and want to move him.
Radulov will be 26 next month. He’s just entering what’s considered a hockey player’s prime age. He’s got nice size at 6-feet-1, 200 pounds. He was the Predators’ first-round pick, 15th overall, in 2004, and the organization brought him along believing he’d be an impact player, especially after he produced 152 points in 62 games in his last season of junior hockey in 2005-06. He had 18 goals and 19 assists as an NHL rookie, and reached 26 goals and 32 assists in ’07-08.
Then he bolted for more money in his native Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, where he played for three seasons only to return this past spring. He was able to burn off the last year of his entry-level contract by suiting up for the Predators in late March, and accumulated seven points in nine regular-season games.