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No cash for Yashin, either - The Ottawa Citizen
By KEN WARREN
The Ottawa Senators' payroll crisis has also hit former captain Alexei Yashin in the pocketbook.
While Yashin signed a 10-year, $90-million U.S. contract after being traded to the New York Islanders in June 2001, he is still owed money by the Senators as part of a deferred payment arrangement on his previous contract. Consequently, when Senators owner Rod Bryden was unable to meet his payroll obligations on Wednesday, the list of players owed salary included Yashin. It's unclear how much salary Yashin is owed.
"That's not good news," Yashin told Newsday. "I'll have to check it out. There's nothing more that I can say. What's more important than the money is that I am on Long Island now and I love it here. I played eight years in Ottawa and it's over."
But Mark Gandler, Yashin's agent who also represents current Senators players Petr Schastlivy and Karel Rachunek, says he's not concerned.
"First of all, people are making too much out of what happened," Gandler said. "It was a glitch. What's going to happen in the future is impossible to know, but there's nothing we need to do about this. The Senators have been extremely good with us. In the summer, there was a bit of a problem, but the Senators kept us abreast of things. They have been totally honourable in this relationship."
Before Thursday's game against Atlanta, Bryden assured current Senators players they would receive their paycheques by the middle of next week.
Again yesterday, players seemed unconcerned about the issue, crediting Bryden for speaking to them directly.
"He assured us we were going to get paid, and he said that he has something in the works," said defenceman Curtis Leschyshyn, an assistant captain. "He said that it should be resolved within the next few days. I guess it clears the air a bit, if guys had any questions."
Senators centre Radek Bonk, who represents the players at players' association meetings, said he's confident Bryden can find his way out of his current financial trouble.
"I've been here nine years and every time there's trouble, he always seems to find a way to keep the team here," he said.
But the players' association isn't taking the issue so lightly.
It's believed Bob Goodenow, the NHLPA's executive director, has sent
a letter to the Senators on behalf of all the players, demanding that payment
be made within 14 days. If that deadline is missed, the NHL would then
have seven days to rectify the situation. If the players were still not
paid, they would become unrestricted free agents, but no one expects that
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