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08-04-2006, 12:00 PM
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Kondratiev Signs in Russia

From Sidearm Delivery, a blog that covers the WolfPack/AHL and goings-on in Russian hockey....

Here's the relevant part:

By the way, I also found out (through a chart that's alongside the same article) that former Wolf Pack defenseman Maxim Kondratiev, traded by the Rangers to Anaheim during this past season, currently has an insurance contract with Lada Togliatti. Although I had heard rumors that Kondratiev (and Ducks goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, also) was considering joining his former Portland teammate Zenon Konopka by signing with Lada, this was the first official confirmation I'd seen of this.

He links to the article in Sport Express, but I can't read Russian to confirm. I'm guessing that if Drats can't crack the Ducks lineup (which is far from a given), he will go back to Russia rather than report to Portland. So with Konopka (who tore the Pack to shreds in the playoffs) gone, and Kondratiev and Bryzgalov possibly to follow, perhaps the Duck Pond will be a Russian-free zone this season.

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