MOSCOW (AFP) — Russian international ice hockey forward Alexander Radulov on Thursday signed for reigning national champions Ufa.
The financial details of Radulov's contract were not disclosed.
The 22-year-old, who is still under contract with NHL side Nashville Predators where he collected 62 points in 87 matches last season, said he had warned his club management that he wanted to play in Russia.
"I told my bosses in Nashville that I wanted to play at home and some Russian clubs were offering me much better conditions than I had in Nashville," Radulov told the Russian press.
"They said they would call me back but never phoned. It seems that they were either not really interested in me or just did not believe I could return home. One way or another, I'm happy to come home."
Radulov added it was unlikely that Nashville would be able to demand his return to North America as the NHL had no transfer agreement in force with either the Russian Superleague or the new Continental Hockey League (CHL).
This year 20 clubs of the Russian Superleague will play in the newly-established Continental Hockey League along with promoted Yekaterinburg and the three best sides of the former Soviet republics.
Dynamo Minsk of Belarus, Dynamo Riga of Latvia and Barys Astana from Kazakhstan will play in the CHL, which starts its first season on September 2.
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