The New York Islanders are in talks to bring back free agent Alexei Yashin, according to a report by Newsday.
Yashin played 12 seasons in the NHL from 1993 until 2007. Yashin played for the Islanders from 2001 to 2007, when the Islanders bought out the remainder of his contract. The 37-year-old forward has played in his native Russia the past four seasons.
Yashin's agent, Mark Gandler, told Newsday talks were originally exploratory but have been "growing in seriousness." According to Newsday reporter Katie Strang, Islanders general manager Garth Snow has also confirmed the camps have talked about a return for Yashin.
During his dozen seasons split between New York and Ottawa, Yashin had 781 points in 850 games.
After the Islanders lost to the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Snow decided to buy out the remaining four years of Yashin’s contract. That buyout will cost the Islanders $2.204 million in cap space through the 2014-15 season, and would remain if Yashin signs a new deal with the club.
During the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the Islanders acquired Yashin from the Senators for the No. 2 pick (Jason Spezza), Zdeno Chara, and Bill Muckalt. Yashin spent his final two seasons with the Islanders as the team’s captain.