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12-17-2003, 08:18 AM
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Mad Max will be home for Christmas.

The Maple Leafs yesterday announced that highly touted defenceman Maxim Kondratiev had been returned to Lada Togliatta of the Russian Hockey League.

Kondratiev, 20, began the season with the Leafs, recording zero points and two penalty minutes before being assigned to St. John's on Oct. 28. He had three goals and five assists in 18 games with the Baby Leafs.

The decision to head overseas was made by Kondratiev, who had the power to do so because of a clause in his contract.

"We knew this might happen, so it's not surprising," Leafs general manager John Ferguson said.

"We're pleased that Maxim had the opportunity to experience a full training camp, plus stints in the NHL and AHL. He definitely has a bright future ahead of him with this organization."

Ferguson added the wording in Kondratiev's contract allows the promising blue liner to return to North America this season, given the proper circumstances.


First it sounds like Max made the decision without Toronto's blessing based on the wording of Fergy in the article..but that Toronto is not disappointed by it, or is not telling..


that he has a (SANTA) clause in his contract that will allow him to return this year if Leafs need him...can we say PLAYOFFS...

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