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Russian players caught in conflict

Updated: June 21, 2004, 3:07 PM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

It's a story no one seems to want to talk about but one that has significant impact on the upcoming National Hockey League entry draft:

If you draft Alexander Ovechkin, when can you get him and how much will it cost?

There are no easy answers.

Ovechkin, a left winger expected to be picked first overall, is so highly regarded he's already been billed by The Hockey News as the best player to come out of the Russian hockey system. That's enormous praise.

The hitch is he's ...

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