The Nashville Predators today announced the suspension of forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for one game for violating team curfew. The pair will be healthy scratches for Game Three of the Predat0rs-Phoenix Coyotes series on May 2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Draw your own conclusions as to why the pair missed curfew. I daresay it’ll be splashed all over the media and blogosphere in the very near future. While GM David Poile is garnering praise for his “gusty” decision to suspend the pair, I can’t help but wonder if he’d make the same “gutsy” move if Radulov and Kostitsyn were playing better than they have so far in this year’s playoffs. If they were occupying the same rarefied air as, say, Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux and Daniel Briere, I have my doubts they’d be scratched for that game. Sadly, this will also reinforce the stereotype of Russian/European players (Kostitsyn is Belarusian) “not caring” about the Stanley Cup Playoffs.