Alexei Chagodayev, Anaheim's third pick in the '99 NHL Entry Draft, has had some trouble finding a stable place to play. From 2001 to 2003, he switched five(!) Super League clubs. This past summer his contract with Lada expired and Chagodayev was unable to find any attractive offers in the Super League and signed on with a Belarus club Khimvolokno, which is based in Mogilev and competes in the Eastern European Hockey League (EEHL). The club made him a solid offer, as Belarus hockey got a fusion of funding this season, and Chagodayev made his way to Mogilev. In December, he parted ways with the club and returned to Russia, signing on with the resurging Upper League club, Sputnik in Nizhni Tagil, which has a deep hockey tradition. Thus far, Chagodayev has skated in five matches for Sputnik and is adjusting back to the higher quality of hockey in the Upper Leauge.