Belfour nears deal in Russia

Toronto Sun staff

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

Maple Leafs' goaltender Ed Belfour could be headed to Mettalurg Magnitogorsk in the Russian Super League.

Agent Ron Salcer said he was finalizing a contract last night with a "formidable Russian team", waiting only for final legalities and confirmation that the NHL season is toast.

Mettalurg, which has NHL stars Patrik Elias and Sergei Gonchar on its roster, has financial resources and needs a goalie, though Belfour's destination could also be Omsk Avangard, where Jaromir Jagr now plays.


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