NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly stated on Bill Watters' radio show on 640 AM in Toronto that Alexander Radulov wants to return to the NHL after just a few games in the KHL. He was also named rookie of the week.
Kelly: "My information is that the player very much wants to return and play in the NHL. I have that on extremely good authority. He's tried the KHL. He's seen what it has to offer for a few games already. He was quite successful last year for the Nashville Predators. I think, long-term, Alexander wants to play in the NHL. I believe there is an outcome which is doable, which will involve some type of an agreement between the NHL, the KHL, the player himself and the Predators."
Will the Preds' staff and fans even want him back? This just got a WHOLE LOT MORE interesting...
Eric Staal just got a whole lot richer.
Staal, the eldest of four Staal brother's either in or nearly in the NHL, was extended today to a 7-year, $57.75 contract extension which averages out to $8.25 million per season. The extension kicks in after this upcoming season, where Staal will make $5 million.
Eric is the only Staal to have a Stanley Cup ring, earning it in 2005-06. Brother Jordan came close last year, losing in the finals as the Penguins were downed by the Red Wings.