Updates on Alexander Radulov’s status, Scott Gomez reportedly interested in returning to the Devils, and the Bruins won’t re-sign any more players before the post-season.
THE TENNESSEAN: Mike Organ reports Nashville Predators GM David Poile continued to decline comment on reports coming out of Russia claiming Alexander Radulov will be rejoining the Predators this week, other than to say it appears Radulov is moving closer to returning.
YAHOO! SPORTS: Dmitry Chesnokov reports the reason why the KHL was willing to let Radulov out of his contract with Salavat Yulaev Ufa is because they cut a deal with him in which he either returns to the KHL next season (on a one-year, $5 million contract) or pays back 2/3rds of the value of that contract if he stays in the NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So we could see Radulov play out this season with the Predators, fulfilling the final year of his entry level NHL contract, then returning to Russia for next season, after which he’ll be eligible by NHL standards for unrestricted free agency.
TVA SPORTS’ L.A. Lariviere reports via Twitter “Scott Gomez reportedly aiming to return to Devils after this season; tells friends he’ll be bought out after season, says (Patrice) Brisebois”, adding “some sources think that Devils GM Lamoriello would consider offering him a 1-yr deal, low salary, given he grew w/ organization”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whether or not there’s an amnesty buyout in the next CBA, it appears Gomez’s days with the Canadiens are drawing to a close. As for returning to the Devils, that remains to be seen, given their ownership’s reported financial issues, plus their need to re-sign Zach Parise.
BOSTON HERALD: Steve Conroy reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has talked contract with pending UFAs “Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille, as well as Chris Kelly, Joe Corvo, Greg Zanon, Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau, but other potential deals won’t occur until after the season is finished. Chiarelli re-signed Shawn Thornton to a two-year contract extension over the weekend.