COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Blue Jackets center Alexander Svitov joined a Russian team six weeks after signing a two-year contract extension with Columbus.
Columbus general manager Scott Howson said Svitov signed with his hometown team Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League for the 2007-08 season.
``We will explore the situation in greater detail with respect to Alexander's contract status and will make a decision after reviewing our options,'' Howson said.
The 24-year-old Svitov had seven goals and 11 assists in 76 games, setting career highs in goals, assists, points, penalty minutes and games. He was acquired from Tampa Bay in January 2004 in a trade for defenseman Darryl Sydor.
He has 13 goals and 24 points in 179 career NHL games.
Tampa Bay took him with the third pick overall in the 2001 draft.

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