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Russian Threats

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
The NHL is back in business as training camps open around North America, and still two teams have to worry about whether two of their best players will be in Russia once the season begins. The Detroit Red Wings started training camp Monday in Traverse City, Mich., knowing that Pavel Datsyuk has signed a provisional contract to play for Avangard Omsk in Russia if he can't reach an agreement with Detroit by Oct. 5. Meanwhile, agent Jay Grossman reaffirmed that his client, Ilya Kovalchuk, will be signing with Khimik Voskresensk or another team in the Russian League if he can't reach a deal with the Atlanta Thrashers. Kovalchuk is currently with the Khimik team, but if it cannot afford his asking price, he could look elsewhere in Russia. "(General manager) Don Waddell is trying to minimize the differences between us, but the difference is sizable," Grossman said. Grossman confirmed that Kovalchuk has withdrawn the last offer he made to the Thrashers. If he plays in Russia after Oct. 5, he would have to clear waivers to return to the NHL.


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