NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -The Nashville Predators suspended forward Alexander Radulov indefinitely without pay for deciding to stick with his Russian KHL team rather than return to the NHL club.
General manager David Poile announced the suspension Tuesday in a statement. The 22-year-old Radulov had a season left on his entry level contract with the Predators, but signed a contract with a Russian KHL team.
The Predators had given Radulov, their third-leading scorer last season with 58 points, until Monday to let them know if he decided to rejoin the team in time for the upcoming season. The team reports Sept. 19.
Poile said they were disappointed not to have what they feel is a world-class player and emerging NHL talent. But Poile said Radulov has not responded to their recent ``correspondence.''
``At some point, we hope Alex will have a desire to return to the NHL and compete in the best league in the world, with and against the best competition. We will re-visit his status at that time,'' Poile said.
``Until then, we are focused on the players who are representing the Predators and providing them the necessary support and guidance. We will not allow Alex's situation to be a distraction and, as such, will have no further comment on Alex or his situation.''
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