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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Suspended Yashin Has No Regrets




Suspended Ottawa Senators captain Alexei Yashin has said he has no regrets about refusing to play for the NHL club.


"I think I made the right decision," the Russian star was quoted as saying in the weekend edition of Sovietsky Sport.


"And even more so, I feel I should have nothing to regret."


Last November, the Senators suspended Yashin for the rest of the season for refusing to play over a salary dispute. Last week, they denied media rumors they were about to trade him.


Meanwhile the Russian is being sued by a group of Ottawa followers for breaching his contract, which pays him 3.5 million Canadian dollars ($2.43 million) annually.


The player has said he did not betray his fans.


"The fans can do what they want if they feel they have been cheated, but I did not cheat anyone," he said.


"The contract is only an obligation to the club, which in turn has an obligation to its fans. It's not my fault that the club does not want to or cannot meet my demands."


Yashin has a year to go on his contract but wants to negotiate a new long-term deal for 8 million to 10 million Canadian dollars a year.