Ramblings: Radulov, Expansion, Dobbernomics and more (June 8)
Rambling about Radulov’s value, expansion, Dobbernomics and more…
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In Monday’s Ramblings when I listed my top UFA’s I neglected to include Alexander Radulov. For what it’s worth, I would put him sixth on that list. Darren Dreger is reporting that Radulov is looking for $7.5 million per season for two years. And some hockey writers think that’s crazy. As I speculated in the forum here, Radulov would be taking a big pay cut to take that deal. Radulov should, at the very least, be treated like Mikkel Boedker. And Boedker is going to get four years or more at $4.5 per season. At least. Radulov should get at least $5.5 per season and get the two years he’s looking for. Is he a risk? Sure he is. He’s very flighty. Can’t make up his mind. Gets frustrated if the coach doesn’t make him king. But he’s been the best KHL player for a few years now and a couple of those years he was often considered the best non-NHL player in the world.
So where will Radulov end up and how will he do? This question is very coach-specific. Just from how he interacted with Barry Trotz, and how he punched (either by accident or otherwise) his one KHL coach (see below), there is a good chance that the wrong coach would see Radulov sulk his way to the press box. The “wrong coach” would be a demanding one. And if he sulked his way to the press box then we’re looking at something like 24 points in 40 games and then a mutual termination of the contract and then back to the KHL he goes. But with the right coach he could be a point-per-game player. So this is almost the Artemi Panarin question all over again – could be huge or could be a bust. And like I was with Panarin last year, I’ll be ‘interested’ but won’t overpay. That attitude cost me a great player last year, but I think caution is smart with these guys. Usually. Last year the risk-takers really cashed in, I’ll admit. Anyway, here is the KHL coach hit: