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Former Predator Radulov stripped of captaincy in KHL


Russia’s forward Alexander Radulov reacts as a referee awards a penalty during the preliminary round game Russia vs France of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki on May 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOV RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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Remember Alexander Radulov? He’s the former Nashville Predators forward who, along with Andrei Kostitsyn, made headlines in all the wrong ways after being busted staying out late partying while the Preds faced (and lost to) the Coyotes in the 2012 playoffs.

While he went back to Russia after that downer of an ending to his NHL season, he’s got something else to be bummed out about. Radulov was stripped of his captaincy of CSKA Moscow in the KHL. As R-Sport reports (via Dmitry Chesnokov), it was GM and former Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov who made the call.

“The last captain had problems with discipline,” said Fedorov, who did not mention Radulov by name. “Will it hurt the previous captain? He shouldn’t and cannot be hurt.”

Taking his spot as captain is former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Morozov. Seeing that Radulov hasn’t really curtailed his fiery ways and ability to play nice with his teammates should help Predators fans feel even better that the team parted ways with him.

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