Tverdovsky Digs Ufa
Oleg Tverdovsky. Maybe he's building a house?
Salavat Yulayev Ufa team president Nikolai Kurapov told Sport Express earlier today that defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky has signed a contract with the team and will probably begin playing for Salavat Yulayev at an upcoming pre-season tournament in Togliatti. Kurapov declined to reveal any details of the deal, but hinted that it was for one season.
In two earlier interviews with Tverdovsky over the weekend-- one just as Tverdovsky was arriving at the airport in Russia, carrying all of his hockey equipment with him-- Tverdovsky told Sport Express that he hoped he and the Los Angeles Kings could terminate his contract "by mutual agreement."
Motioning to his equipment bags, Tverdovsky said, "As you can see, I have come here to play and to negotiate a contract." Tverdovsky then openly questioned the time he spent with the Kings organization, saying that he could find no common ground with the team and that he was better off playing in Russia.
UPDATE 8/7/07 - In an interview with Russian radio station Маяк, Sergei Isakov (Tverdovsky's agent) said Tverdovsky signed deal for "a minumum of three years." Tverdovsky himself, in another interview with Sport Express, says the term is for five years.