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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Islanders' Yashin to Play for Lokomotiv

New York Islanders forward Alexei Yashin has become the latest leading National Hockey League player to move to Russia, joining Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

"Lokomotiv has signed Alexei Yashin until the end of the 2004-05 season," the Russian Superleague club said on its web site Monday.

Last week, Superleague rival Ak Bars Kazan signed Atlanta Thrashers' Canadian forward Dany Heatley, who was voted NHL's Rookie of the Year in 2002.

Ak Bars, Russia's wealthiest club with a reported annual budget of almost $60 million, already has NHL's joint top scorer last year Ilya Kovalchuk and three members of Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and forwards Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards, on its roster.

Monday is Superleague's last day to sign new players and Lokomotiv, who won back-to-back Russian league titles in 2002 and 2003 before slumping to seventh place last year, wanted to strengthen its squad ahead of next month's playoffs.

Yashin played for Dynamo Moscow before signing with the NHL's Ottawa Senators in 1993, when he also helped Russia win its last world championship.