Early today, Dmitry Chesnokov reported that Alexander Radulov, the ex-prodigal Predator, will be returning to the KHL to play for CSKA, the Red Army Team. He has one year remaining on his KHL contract but CSKA is hoping to sign him to a two or three year extension.
The threat of a lockout in the NHL in the fall weighed heavily in Radulov's decision according to the report.
The other news was the announcement by the Predators that they had signed goalie prospect Magnus Hellberg to an entry level contract.
Hellberg was the Preds highest pick in last summer's NHL Entry Draft in Minneapolis, when they took him in the second round with the draft's 38th pick. The 6-5, 185 pound Swede has yet to play in North America on the smaller rink but is expected to play in Milwaukee this season.
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PREDATORS SIGN HELLBERG TO AN ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
Nashville, Tenn. (June 18, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed goaltender and 2011 second-round pick Magnus Hellberg (MAG-nuhs HEL-buhrg) to an entry-level contract.
Hellberg, 21 (4/4/91), played his first season with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League (Elitserien) in 2011-12, posting a 2.64 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage. He also saw action last season with Frolunda’s junior team and Orebro of Sweden’s second league (Allsvenskan). The 6-5, 185-pound native of Uppsala, Sweden led all juniors and ranked second among all Allvenskan netminders in save percentage (.936) and goals-against average (2.04) with Almtuna in 2010-11, in addition to ranking fourth in Sweden’s second division in shutouts (5).
Nashville’s first choice, 38th overall (second round), in the 2011 Entry Draft led the Swedish Junior League in save percentage (.928), goals-against average (1.97), shutouts (4) and games played (22) with the Almtuna Under-20 squad in 2009-10.
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