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by Paul on 06/27/06 at 12:14 AM ET
With the NHL's free agency period to begin Saturday, the Thrashers will not offer contracts — for now — to forwards Peter Bondra, Ronald Petrovicky, J.P. Vigier and Serge Aubin. General manager Don Waddell suspects Bondra, 38, will retire. He stands two goals shy of 500 for his career after scoring 21 in 60 games last season. A sports hernia injury greatly affected his performance in the second half and caused him to miss 22 games. Nonetheless, a national hero in his native Slovakia, Bondra chose to play in February's Olympics despite the injury. While he was impressive in Turin, he scored only six goals after the Olympic break. "I haven't heard any word from him or his agent as to whether he's going to play again," Waddell said. As to whether he thought Bondra was going to retire, Waddell said, "I think he is."more (reg. req.)
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