Nashville Predators general manager David Poile probably wishes he could have moved Alex Radulov by now.
With news that Radulov is headed back to Russia, the asking price for the on-again-off-again Preds forward has likely hit rock bottom.
Radulov's Russian agent, Yuri Nikolayev, told Izvestia.ru (with translation by Yahoo's Dmitry Chesnokov) that his client will play for CSKA Moscow next season. CSKA acquired Radulov, who left Russia to play for the Preds after the 2011-12 KHL season ended, from Salavat Yulaev Ufa last week. Radulov still has one year left on his contract but Moscow reportedly wants to sign him to a two or three-year extension.
Radulov, a three-time KHL MVP before returning to the NHL late in the season, had just three goals and four assists in nine regular-season games.
A STAR IS BORN
The Dallas Stars added more experience to their coaching staff Monday.
Former Atlanta Thrashers coach Curt Fraser was hired as an assistant to top man Glen Gulutzan, replacing Willie Desjardins on the staff. Desjardins was shuffled into the head coaching gig with the Stars' minor-league affiliate last week.
"He has a wealth of coaching experiences in every aspect of the game, and we expect he will fit in perfectly," Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk told the Dallas Morning News. "He'll be working with the forwards and Glen, and they'll put their heads together and figure out the responsibilities. Paulie's (Paul Jerrard) got the defence covered, so Curt will be working with the forwards."
Fraser, 54, coached the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL the last four seasons. He coached the Thrashers from 1999 until being fired in 2003.
HOUSLEY LEADS U.S.
Former NHL defenceman Phil Housley will coach the U.S. team at the 2013 world junior championship in Ufa, Russia.
Housley, a seven-time NHL all-star who retired in 2004 after 21 seasons, has been an assistant coach with the American team on two previous occasions. Mark Osiecki of Ohio State and Minnesota's Grant Potulny will serve as Housley's assistant coaches.
"Phil has worn the jersey for us in Russia "¦ it's a different place to play, a different environment, and the history that Phil has as a player there will carry over into his coaching and everything that goes into it with the players," U.S. team general manager Jim Johannson said. "It is unique to go into Russia and to play in a world championship event, and I think that is another part that sets Phil apart from other people."
Housley has coached a high school team in Minnesota the past eight years.
JACKMAN BACK, MAN
Take another top defenceman off the market.
Barret Jackman, expected to be one of the top blueliners available when free agency opens July 1, signed a three-year contract worth $9.5 million Monday to stay with the St. Louis Blues. The 31-year-old had one goal and 12 assists in 81 games with the Blues last season.
"St. Louis is our home and my family and I are excited to be staying," Jackman said. "I am proud of the progress we made this season but our fans deserve a championship and our team will not be satisfied until we achieve that goal."
Jackman, a first-round pick of the Blues in 1999 who would have been an unrestricted free agent, took a pay cut to stay in St. Louis. His cap hit last year was $3.625 million.
STUART STICKS WITH SHARKS
To the surprise of no one, defenceman Brad Stuart signed a three-year contract with the San Jose Sharks.
According to TSN, the 32-year-old, who made it clear even before he was traded by the Detroit Red Wings that he wanted to sign with a California team to be closer to his family, will get nearly $11 million over the life of the new deal. That breaks down to $3.6 million per season.
Stuart started his career with the Sharks and his wife and three children stayed in San Jose even after he was traded to the Red Wings by the L.A. Kings. Detroit traded the rights to Stuart, a pending unrestricted free agent, to San Jose for centre Andrew Murray and a conditional seventh-round draft pick earlier this month.
NO DEAL FOR JAGR
Looks like Jaromir Jagr's stay in Philadelphia won't go beyond one season.
Jagr has no intention of re-signing with the Flyers and will instead see what kind of offers he gets as an unrestricted free agent, according to TSN. That's somewhat surprising since the 40-year-old forward's agent told CSN Philadelphia he was working on a new deal with the Flyers and was hopeful of having something done before the NHL draft this weekend.
Jagr, who returned to the NHL in 2011-12 after three seasons in the KHL, had 19 goals and 35 assists in 73 games with the Flyers.
The Chicago Blackhawks signed forwards Brandon Bollig and Ben Smith to two-year contracts and goalie Carter Hutton to a one-year deal. Bollig's deal is two-way in the first year and one-way in the second, according to ESPN ... Goalie Magnus Hellberg, a second-round pick in 2011, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators. Hellberg led the Swedish junior league in goals-agains average, save percentage and shutouts in 2011-12 ... Defenceman Sami Pahlsson signed with Modo of the Swedish Elite League. Pahlsson split last season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks.