Wednesday, August 2, 2000
By BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun
The Senators don't know whether Alexei Yashin will show up at
training camp in September, but they did ensure yesterday at least
two more veterans will be on hand.
As reported in yesterday's Sun, winger Magnus Arvedson and
defenceman Chris Phillips accepted qualifying offers of one-year
deals with the Senators, ensuring both will be at the club's training
Senators GM Marshall Johnston told reporters yesterday he has held
talks with Yashin's New Jersey-based agent Mark Gandler, but didn't
get any indication whether the club's holdout centre would report to
"He really didn't tell me anything," said Johnston. "We had a
conversation and he didn't indicate to me whether Alexei would be at
camp one way or another."
Sources say there's not a chance Yashin will report to the club's
training camp in September. He spent part of last month in Finland,
plans to holiday in Russia for a couple of days, and will then return
to Switzerland for training.
While Yashin still owes the club the final year of his $3.6-million
US contract, he's not going to let a decision by an independent
arbitrator force him into reporting until he gets a trade or new deal
from the Senators.
"Nothing has changed on that matter," said Johnston.