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6/28/2006 1:46:27 PM

( -- The Atlanta Thrashers, who shaved over $1 million in salary on Friday by trading Patrik Stefan and Jaroslav Modry to Dallas, are expecting to lose another veteran very soon.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Peter Bondra will not be offered a contract as he debates retirement. The Thrashers will also not tender offers to Ronald Petrovicky, J.P. Vigier and Serge Aubin.

While Bondra has not made his decision, Thrashers' general manager Don Waddell is not expecting the 38-year-old to attempt a comeback.

"I haven't heard any word from him or his agent as to whether he's going to play again," Waddell told the Journal-Constitution.

When asked if Bondra was going to retire, Waddell was frank.

"I think he is," Waddell said.

Bondra's agent, Rich Winter, denied Waddell's claim. After the story ran in the Journal-Constitution, Winter emailed the newspaper to say that Bondra was not going to retire.

Bondra, 38, is just two goals shy of 500 for his career. But last season was a tough one for the Slovakian veteran. Bondra suffered through a sports hernia injury and missed 22 games. Although he scored a very respectable 21 goals, only six came after the Olympic break.

Even if Bondra decides to play again, it likely won't be with the Thrashers, who are trying to get younger and faster.

We want to create some spots for younger players," Waddell told the Journal-Constitution. "We need that. He had a serious injury. ... I'm not going to 100 percent write anything off, but right now it doesn't look like it."

Bondra made $505,000 last season.
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