Predators set Radulov deadline
"We know he signed over in Russia but we are asking him to reconsider and to make a decision to come back … We feel Alex is a very, very good young player with a great future ahead of him. We feel he got some bad advice in this situation and hope eventually he will want to return to play with best players in the world in the best league in the world.
"But having said that, we don't want to force him to come back until he wants to come back. That is not good for Alex or for his teammates. As of Sept. 1, we're moving on."
I've said my piece in the past on how valuable Radulov is, and especially to this team, which now has a gaping hole in the right wing spot. There's been talk of bringing in Mark Parrish or allowing some of the team's youngsters to step up, but both options are significant downgrades over last season.
That said, Nashville still has some pretty solid depth, and if Dan Ellis is the real deal, they should be in the mix for a playoff spot again. A lot of people are writing this team off, but it's a plucky bunch, and some of the young talent on the blueline is finally starting to blossom.