Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/13/05 at 11:30 PM ET
Islanders put faith in Yashin by purging locker room of those who doubted enigmatic star and replacing them with teammates who can play to Alexei’s considerable strengths... It is just past 11 p.m. local time in Yaroslavl, an ancient city in north-central Russia where Alexei Yashin is working out with a team he played with during the lockout. Yashin is wide awake in his hotel room and he is talking. A lot. And would continue for about two more hours. "I'm wired," he says, apologetically. "Can't sleep." Some would say he's done enough sleeping on the ice, where as an Islander he hasn't come close to reaching the all-star level he showed earlier in his career with the Ottawa Senators, never mind the level his 10-year, $90-million contract might otherwise suggest.
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