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Alexander Radulov back in the NHL as a member of the Montreal Canadiens

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Montreal continues to make head-scratching moves.

After wheeling and dealing star defenseman P.K. Subban just days before, the Montreal Canadiens are not done yet. An hour and a half before the start of free agency, TSN’s Travis Yost reported that 29-year-old Alexander Radulov is returning to the NHL on a one year deal.

Radulov was a prolific scorer during his time in the NHL, putting up 102 points in 154 games across three seasons with the Predators. However, issues caused his abrupt departure from the league twice to play for the KHL, the last time in 2012.

Radulov is the second-highest scorer in the KHL, with 427 points.

The speculation back in April was that Radulov would sign with the Avalanche and that head coach Patrick Roy had already spoken with the forward. Yet, a week ago a report said Radulov would not be taking an NHL contract and had one ready with KHL Salavat.

While the addition of Radulov to the Canadiens would give them a scoring touch, it’s a mystifying decision after letting go Subban on the basis of "character issues" to sign a player whose career has been defined by them.