On the left Sergei Mikhalev, the Head Coach of Salavat Yulaev.
Here's an excerpt from the press-conference after the game between Avanguard and Salavat Yulaev, Sept. 12, 2008 (KHL's Avanguard hockey club web site):
Q.: What can you say about the new circumstances of Radulov's case, that he could return to NHL?
Sergei Mikhalev, the Head Coach of Salavat Yulaev:
I won't let him do that.
Ice girls, KHL version.
Finally ERIC DUHATSCHEK, Globe and Mail, Spet. 12 ,2008, explains what happened, Radulov wants back, but not now...
In the meantime, Radulov – caught in the middle of a fight that he couldn't have anticipated and said to be weighing heavily on him – has, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, hinted that he would like to return to the NHL. That came to light in an interview between Paul Kelly, the NHLPA executive director, and Toronto radio personality Bill Watters on Thursday. What hasn't been reported yet is Radulov's preferred timetable – not necessarily now, but by the start of next season. That's partly because the regular season is under way in the KHL; Radulov has already received substantial bonus monies up front and feels an obligation to play it out in Ufa, for this year anyway.
Ideally, he would like to negotiate some sort of settlement between the Predators and Ufa in the interim that would permit him to do just that - play a year in Russia and then return to the NHL for the start of the 2009-10. At that point, he would be obliged to honour the final year of his entry-level contract, but could sign a long-term extension to stay in the NHL indefinitely. From there, it would then be up to Nashville to determine if they can kiss and make up with their confused 22-year-old, or if they'd be better of trading his rights elsewhere in the NHL.