Alexei Yashin has gone home.Here's a look at where Yashin is headed. It's a city of about 600,000 that is relatively close to Moscow, but obviously quite a difference from playing on Long Island.
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 can confirm the deal does not include an out clause to return to the NHL next season.
UPDATE Reports from Russia indicate Yashin had offers from New Jersey and Ottawa, but the dollar figures involved were not high enough to keep him in North America.
It's hard to believe a return to Ottawa would have ever been in the cards given the way he left.
UPDATE Former Nashville Predators assistant coach Paul Gardner, now Lokomotiv's head coach, has a few comments on Yashin for the Russian press here.