This is probably the last thing Preds fans wanted to hear after losing the first two games of their second round series with Phoenix.
Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced that Radulov and Kostitsyn will not play because they were in violation of team rules.
“The Nashville Predators have a few simple rules centered around doing the right things,” Poile said. “We have always operated with a team-first mentality and philosophy. Violating team rules is not fair to our team and their teammates.”
One can only imagine what it is that they actually did to get the boot by the GM, but it had to be fairly severe for two key offensive players on the roster to be pulled from a series they already trail 2-0.
Radulov returned to the NHL after spending the last few season in the KHL. After having won a couple championships in Russia, radulov appeared to have matured as a leader and hockey player. The addition of Radulov was supposed to be the final piece of the puzzle for a Nashville Stanley Cup run. However, he has just one goal in seven postseason games.
Kostitsyn was acquired at the NHL trade deadline from the Montreal Canadiens. In 19 regular season game with the Predators he collected four goals and eight assists. He’s been a bit more productive in the playoffs tallying three goals and a helper in seven games.
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