Radulov missed Tuesday’s game because of an illness and will be held out of the lineup on Friday as well. He won’t travel for Friday’s game, but the Canadiens return home for a game with the Maple Leafs on Saturday, so he could return to the lineup then.
The Canadiens have signed Alexander Radulov to a one-year deal worth $5.75 million.
Radulov, 29, is mercurial character to say the least. He has not appeared in the NHL since 2011-12, when he abruptly left the Predators for the KHL. He spent the last five years in Russia, including the last four with CSKA Moscow. He had 23 goals and 42 assists (65 points) in 53 games last year and totalled 238 points (78G / 160A) in 181 games over that four-year span. He is a firecracker, but if he acts like a team player in Montreal, they may have just struck gold. There’s no denying the high-risk of this move though.