According to a report from Igor Eronko, former Nashville Predators forward Alexander Radulov has confirmed that he’ll return to the NHL for the 2016-17 season.
Alexander Radulov confirms he will play in the #NHL next season
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) April 29, 2016
News recently broke regarding Radulov, more specifically that he did not report to the Russian National Team. That action prompted many to believe the rumors of his return to North America were indeed true but this is the first reported confirmation from Radulov himself.
According to multiple outlets, Radulov was in New York last week weighing his options and gauging interest from NHL teams. His former team, the Nashville Predators are reportedly interested in bringing him back, as well as the Colorado Avalanche. However, considering his troubled past in Nashville and his desire to play for a contender, one has to wonder if Nashville would actually give him another opportunity and whether or not he sees Colorado as a Cup contender.
It’s impossible to say at this point who will give the troubled forward another shot in the NHL but there’s no denying his impact on the ice. In 154 NHL games, he recorded 47 goals and 102 total points. Throughout his KHL career, he recorded 169 goals and 492 points through 391 games. A points-per-game average of 1.26.