Monday, July 2, 2012
Agent: Alexander Radulov to KHL
ESPN.com news services
Former Nashville Predators winger Alexander Radulov has officially signed with CSKA of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, Radulov's agent, Jay Grossman, confirmed to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun on Monday.
Yahoo! Sports earlier reported Radulov's contract.
Radulov departs the NHL after a tumultuous run with the Predators that included an unsanctioned four-year run in the KHL.
The Russian native first left Nashville in July 2008 after signing a three-year contract with the KHL's Salavat Yulayev Ufa despite having a year left on his entry-level contract with the Predators. Nashville suspended him indefinitely in September 2008, though general manager David Poile stayed in touch while trying to convince the right wing to return, which Radulov did this spring as the Predators attempted to make a Stanley Cup run.
The former first-round pick scored three goals and seven points in nine regular season games upon returning, but the honeymoon was short-lived. Radulov and then-teammate Andrei Kostitsyn were suspended by the team for violating curfew before Game 2 of the Predators' second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Predators sat Radulov and Kostitsyn again for Game 4, but after Nashville was eliminated by Phoenix, Radulov had satisfied the final year of his original Nashville contract and became a restricted free agent, free to sign with any club, including the KHL.
Radulov is a two-time MVP of the KHL, and the league's all-time scorer with 254 goals. His team won a championship, and he also has played for Russia in the World Championships and the 2010 Olympics. Radulov scored 63 points in 50 games last season in the KHL.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.