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Yashin Headed Home

Obviously, the Caps' interest in the Russian center ended once they landed Michael Nylander. But since we spent so much time discussing whether Alexei Yashin might fit in Washington, I thought it was worth following up on his fate. Can't say I'm all that surprised that he's going home. From the CP:

The Russian centre agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Locomotiv (Yaroslavl) of the Russian League on Friday, bolting the NHL after 12 seasons.
Russian teams do not disclose financial terms but The Canadian Press confirmed that the deal does not include an out clause to return to the NHL next season.
"Alexei has a history with Yaroslavl, having played several games for them during the lockout," Todd Diamond, who represents Yashin along with Mark Gandler, told CP on Friday. "He feels comfortable with them, having a North American coach (Paul Gardner) and a former teammate, Randy Robitaille, being there as well next season."
Diamond said other NHL teams came calling - although it's believed with low-ball offers - but that Yaroslavl was relentless in its bid.

Read the whole thing here.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 20, 2007; 1:45 PM ET
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