He is an enigma always has been and perhaps always will be. Alexander Radulov is arguably one of the top five players in the world not in the NHL. He is a 27year old game breaker with amazing hands and natural talent a star that no one can harness...except for Patrick Roy .
Roy coached Radulov to a Memorial cup championship and got the best out of him, more than any coach ever has.. Roy is a "Russian whisperer" he apparently has a way with moody russian prima donnas, just ask buffalo. Mikhail Grigorenko looked amazing playing under Roy but hasn't been the same since. Its the same case for Radulov.
I started to take notice of Radulov when he played wing for Peter Forsberg when Forsberg was dealt from philly to thr predators. He complimented Forsberg well and they were a strong tandem in their short lived playoff appearance. Forsberg had nothing but good things to say about Radulov. He said he told him "When I pass you the puck just shoot, don't give it back to me."
Sure Radulov is your typical super talented but inconsistent russian but...I have faith in Roy. I think he could make it work. Duchene Radulov and O'Reilly sounds interesting. MacKinnon Landeskog and maybe Stastny sound pretty good as a top two lines. I know about the partying with Radulov but I think this is possibly the only "fit" he has in the NHL with Roy and a friend in Varlamov so he doesn't pout and feel homesick. I feel the pros outweigh the cons. Radulov has two years left on his KHL deal but there is always a way out. Nashville still hold his rights but I doubt it would take much to get him.