NHL notes: Radulov caught in the middle
|Alexander Radulov, who left for the KHL in 2008 with one year left on his entry-level contract with the Predators, may get some resistance from his KHL club if he wants to return to Nashville. (DAVID W. CERNY/Reuters file photo)
Even if Alexander Radulov wants to return to the Nashville Predators this season, it might not happen.
Radulov is still under contract to Salavat Yulayev Ufa -- his deal runs through the 2012-13 season, but has an out clause, according to NHL.com -- and the KHL team says it won't let him go. If Salavat releases Radulov now, they will relinquish his KHL rights.
"Of course, (losing Radulov's rights) is not in the club's interest," Yuri Nikolayev, Radulov's agent, told Russian paper Sport-Express. "This is the reason for the current pause."
In 210 career KHL games, Radulov has 254 points.
Radulov bolted the Predators after the 2007-08 season to sign with Ufa despite having one year left on his NHL contract. He could return to the Preds this season and burn that year, making him a restricted free agent in the off-season.
LIDSTROM STILL LIMPING
Detroit Red Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom has been shut down for the weekend by team medical staff.
Lidstrom has been out since Feb. 25 after taking a puck off his left ankle. Since the injury is not responding to treatment, the Red Wings have already decided Lidstrom won't play Friday or Saturday, which would run his string of missed games to 10.
"We're giving him a few days off to see how it responds," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told MLive.com. "(Trainer) Piet Van Zant told him to shut it down until we get home on Monday, keep him off ice 3-4 days to do more healing. The doctors really felt a couple of weeks was going to be sufficient enough to get him up and running. But he's not ready. There's no time frame."
Based on that, it would appear unlikely that Lidstrom will play Monday against Washington.
The Jonathan Toews watch continues. The Chicago Blackhawks captain is reportedly out for Friday's game in Dallas, the 12th straight game he's missed due to a concussion. But 'Hawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn't confirm that Toews has been held back, saying "Whether it's a setback or a part of the process, that's what we're dealing with" ... Alexander Ovechkin left the Washington Capitals' practice early Thursday after colliding with teammate Mike Knuble. Even though he was prone for a couple of minutes after the hit, Caps coach Dale Hunter said Ovechkin was no worse for wear and simply had the wind knocked out of him.