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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Maxim Kondratiev Signs With Lada

Maxim Kondratiev (Chris Rutsch photo)
Former Hartford Wolf Pack/New York Rangers defenseman Maxim Kondratiev has signed a one-year deal with Lada Togliatti, according to a report in Sport Express.

Kondratiev was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2001, then sent to the Rangers (along with Jarkko Immonen) in the March '04 trade that brought Brian Leetch to Toronto. He was then traded by the Rangers to Anaheim last January for Petr Sykora, now with the Edmonton Oilers.

During the '05-'06 season, Kondratiev appeared in 29 games with the Rangers (notching a goal and two assists), and 4 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack. After being acquired by the Ducks he spent the rest of the season with the Portland Pirates of the AHL. In 37 games with Portland, he notched 4 goals and 13 assists.

Kondratiev returns to Lada in his hometown of Togliatti, which is where he started his pro career in the Russian Super League, playing there for four seasons between 2001 - 2005.