The Elbow staff
MOSCOW, RUSSIA – Alex Radulov is reportedly excited to ditch the next NHL team that signs him and return to his home country in approximately nine months.
The enigmatic forward last appeared in an NHL game for Nashville at the end of the 2011-12 season before returning to the KHL.
"Alex will be looking forward to spending more time with his family at home," his agent Sergei Molotnikov said.
"Unfortunately, the transition to the NHL will be too great for Alex and he believes that his talents are more suited to the KHL."
The general manager of the NHL team that signs him will be left scratching his head while explaining to fans that it was worth the risk, despite the obvious signs.
Fans of the team that he will play just 30 games for are up in arms.
"I cannot believe that he will do this to us," Simon Thurston of the city Radulov will leave said.
"With his skill set, he was supposed to be our X factor that would get us through an extra round of the playoffs. Instead we're just left with a predictably sour taste in our mouths."
A KHL spokesman lauded his return as a win for the league, saying that this move proves that the best homegrown talent always returns.