Nashville Predators forward Alexander Radulov, of Russia, celebrates a goal by teammate David Legwand against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period of Game 5 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Friday, April 20, 2012. (AP)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Predators announced Tuesday that forward Alexander Radulov will likely not be back next season.
General Manager David Poile said the team will either look to trade Radulov's rights to another team before July 1, or allow him to walk as a free agent.
Poile added that Radulov and the Predators just aren't a good fit. He, along with Andrei Kostitsyn, was suspended during the second round of the playoffs against the Coyotes after the pair missed curfew while in Phoenix.
Another option is that Radulov could return to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Radulov returned to Nashville in March after spending four years in the KHL in his native country. He had left the Predators with one year left on his contract, and Poile said at the time of his rejoining the team that they had saved his number for him.
Radulov was drafted by the Predators in the first round of the 2004 draft.