6:26AM: According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers are attempting to acquire the rights to pending RFA Alexander Radulov of the Nashville Predators.
Brooks writes that Sather and Nashville GM David Poile are beyond the “kicking tires” stage of talking and the Rangers are urgently trying to acquire his rights so that they have a window to try and sign him before July 1.
Radulov, 25, has a big offer from the KHL on the table but Brooks rights that Radulov is believed to want to stay in the NHL.
Radulov has won the KHL MVP Award three straight years.
After returning to the Predators for their playoff run, Radulov had seven points in nine regular season games and 6 points in eight playoff games.
Radulov was benched for two games after breaking curfew in the Nashville series against Phoenix.