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Yashin on the ice with Islanders
Reports surfaced earlier this summer about a potential return to his former team and 37-year-old Alexei Yashin added some fuel to the rumors Tuesday morning when he skated with several Islanders at the team's practice facility in Syosset.
Yashin skated for 30 minutes before a large group of Islanders and prospects took the ice; he stayed on to practice with the group for their hour-length session.
Although the Russian forward has not yet signed with any team in the Kontinental Hockey League, a reunion with the Islanders still appears slim.
One source with knowledge of discussions said the chances of Yashin re-signing with the team--who bought him out in 2007-- are "unlikely."
Yashin's long-time partner, supermodel Carol Alt, watched on from the stands as Yashin practiced. The couple still owns a home on Long Island.
Among the players on the ice with Yashin today were: Blake Comeau, Frans Nielsen, Andrew MacDonald, Ty Wishart, Brian Rolston, Mark Eaton, Mike Mottau, Michael Grabner, Radek Martinek (CBJ), Nino Niederreiter, Calvin de Haan, Micheal Haley, Matt Moulson, Matt Donovan, Rhett rakhshani, Sean Backman, David Ullstrom, Al Montoya and Kevin Poulin.
Kyle Okposo was also at the rink, but came straight from the airport so will not be skating until Wednesday.