Welcome to day 47, we got the wild story of Alexander Radulov’s journey through professional hockey!
Before we get into this let’s look at his awards. Radulov’s got quite the unique trophy case. He’s won the Memorial Cup when he played for Patrick Roy, and the Quebec Remparts. A Gagarin Cup (KHL championship), with Salavat Yulaev Ufa, 3 Golden Sticks (KHL MVP), and is a 2 time back to back IIHF world champion with Russia.
Selected 15th OA by the Nashville Predators in the ’04 draft, Radulov immediately showed he was a player worthy of playing in the NHL! In his first 2 seasons with the preds, Radulov was racking up the points, including the postseason, he was a big contributor to their success.
After a failed ’08 playoff run, that July it was announced that Radulov had signed a 3 year deal with Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the #KHL despite still having 1 year left on his contract with the Predators. Radulov stated that he wanted to play in Russia and that their offer was better. The #NHL would go on to suspend Radulov without pay for ’09 season. Didn’t bother him as he would go on to light up the fucking KHL, winning the equivalent to the Presidents Trophy back to back, then winning the KHL’s ultimate prize, the Gagarin Cup!
If that wasn’t enough he also was league MVP 3 years in a row! As the ’12 season ended for Salavat Yulaev Ufa, Radulov signed a deal to come back to the Predators to help them in the playoff push. He would play the last 9 games of the regular season, before helping Nashville make it to the 2nd round. Unfortunately, Radulov and one of his teammates were caught at a bar, trying to loosen up, the night before game 2 in the second round, the team would go on to suspend him for game 3 and eventually after the postseason refusing to extend his contract, making him a UFA. No sweat of his sack, as Radulov signed a 4 year deal with legendary team CSKA Moscow, where he would win his 4th Golden Stick and bring his team to the Gagarin Cup finals, sadly losing in game 7. After his 4 years in the KHL, Radulov found himself back in the NHL!