“You see, I’m not so young,” Radulov told the paper, according to a rough translation. “(I’m) not 20 years old, and it is possible that I will have the last chance to compete for the Stanley Cup. If it is a great option in a team that will fight for the title, then why not?"One thing that's clear based on that quote is that, should he come back to this side of the pond, Radulov will be looking to win the Stanley Cup; he wants to compete. So, it's probably not unreasonable to suggest that the Maple Leafs *might* not be the best fit for him. They are, of course, at least a couple years away from being able to do any damage in the postseason.
If that's indeed the case, it's worth pondering where a guy like Radulov might fit in today's NHL. He wants to win a title. He'll likely want some money. And, because of all the perceived risk involved, he likely won't be able to demand a long-term contract. Call me crazy, but a Stamkos-less Tampa Bay Lightning squad might be a fit.