Alexander Radulov‘s last stint in the NHL ended with him being suspended by the Nashville Predators. Radulov and former teammate Andrei Kostitsyn broke curfew during the team’s second round series against the Coyotes and both were disciplined. The following season, Radulov bolted for the KHL. Since then, things have changed. Radulov, now 30, says he’s more mature. He’s married and has a nine-month-old son. Canadiens GM Marc Bergervin is always looking to add players with “character”. So, the fact that he took a risk on Radulov raised some eyebrows. Bergevin did his homework on Radulov and sought out different opinions on the Russian sniper. CSKA General Manager Sergei Federov was one of the people
• Night Hawks is still the backup plan for the Las Vegas NHL franchise, but a different name has been selected for the expansion team. • The Toronto Maple Leafs announced the club has named Mark Hunter as Assistant General Manager. • Mikko Koivu was named captain for Team Finland in the World Cup of Hockey.
This post is part of Buffalo Sabres day at PHT… The prolonged Jimmy Vesey saga has been over for almost a week now. After weeks of hearing about which teams were interested and where he may end up and all the star power used to help make the case of those interested teams, Vesey chose the New York Rangers — in case you missed it. The Buffalo Sabres were unable to get Vesey under contract, despite acquiring his negotiating rights from the Nashville Predators, the team that originally drafted Vesey four years ago. The Sabres used their star, Jack Eichel, as a recruiting tool in this case. A number of teams used the same tactic with their big-name players. For the Sabres, the move has been called