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Predators Welcome Radulov Back With Open Arms

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) – Forward Alexander Radulov has reunited with the Nashville Predators after four years playing in Russia in the KHL and he said "it's about time" he returned to the NHL.

General manager David Poile presented Radulov with his No. 47 at a news conference Wednesday morning. The Predators held that number for Radulov hoping the 15th pick overall in the 2004 draft would return eventually.

There had been speculation for weeks that Radulov was headed back to the NHL and the Predators, and he flew into Nashville on Tuesday.

The end of his KHL contract combined with Radulov's team Ufa Salavat Yulayev losing early in the playoffs.

Other NHL teams are not happy Radulov did not have to go through waivers on his return. But Radulov remained under contract with Nashville, and the Predators lifted their suspension of Radulov on Wednesday morning.

Radulov may play Thursday night at Pittsburgh.

(The Associated Press/NewsChannel 5)

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