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NIEDERMAYER TALKS TO RUSSIAN TEAM

Former Ducks standout Rob Niedermayer is in negotiations with the Moscow Red Army of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, TSN reported.

If he doesn't find an interested NHL team in the next few days, the veteran wing will sign a one-year deal with the Russian club.

Niedermayer, who won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007, had 14 goals and seven assists last season.

Oilers: Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky was cleared for full contact and is expected to be ready for the season opener. Last season, he had eight goals and 23 assists in 50 games before season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Thrashers: Maxim Afinogenov was invited to training camp. The wing led the Sabres with 73 points in 2005-06 but has been slowed by injuries over the past two seasons. In 2008-09 with Buffalo, he had six goals and 14 assists in 48 games.

Wild: Petr Sykora signed a one-year deal worth $1.6 million. Last season, the right wing, 32, had 25 goals and 21 assists in 76 games for the Penguins. Sykora, who has been to five Cup finals, turned down richer offers to play in Russia.

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