Alexander Radulov will not return to the Nashville Predators next season, the team announced Wednesday. General manager David Poile said that the team would be willing to trade the forward's right to another NHL team or let him go back to the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia.
"The best way to characterize it is it's time to not pursue Rad anymore," Poile said. "If he wants to play in the KHL, that's fine. If he wants to play with another NHL team, I'd be willing to trade his rights."
Radulov is set to become a restricted free agent once the NHL free agency period begins on July 1. Another team could sign him to an offer sheet, entitling the Predators to draft-pick compensation.
Radulov returned to the Predators in March after a long stint in the KHL and had an immediate impact on the team. He had seven points in nine games, and led the team with five in the Preds' five-game series win over the Detroit Red Wings. Radulov was suspended for Games 3 and 4 against the Phoenix Coyotes in the second round along with Andrei Kostitsyn for violating curfew. Now the Predators have apparently decided to move on from their rocky relationship with the talented Russian.
For more on Radulov and the Predators, head over to the SB Nation blog On The Forecheck.