It would seem that former first round draft pick Nikita Alexeev is mdone trying to break into the American game.
The contracts details are unclear in regards to his ability to return to the NHL, which remains a possibility since the Tampa Bay Lightning extended him a qualifying offer.
It's also unclear where the hell Alexeev would play with the Lightning. He has the tools to be a winger much like Fredrik Modin but he lacks the physical presence and intimidation factor -- oh, and the scoring touch. We can't forget that.
If Alexeev is to play in Russia, one would think that the Lightning will part ways with him after the 2005-06 season. Alexeev has been an incredible disappointment, never realizing his potential.