KANATA, Ontario (AP) _ The impasse between the Ottawa Senators and Alexei Yashin appears to be drawing to a close.

The Senators have called a news conference for 11:30 a.m. EDT on Saturday, the first day of training camp, to announce Yashin will be returning to the team.

The Russian forward and his agent Mark Gandler will be at the news conference along with general manager Marshall Johnston and coach Jacques Martin.

Yashin sat out the entire 1999-2000 season in hopes of renegotiating his contract, even though a year remained at $3.6 million.

In June, arbitrator Lawrence Holden, since fired by the NHL, ruled that Yashin couldn't circumvent the terms of his contract by sitting out a year. He said Yashin owed the Senators another year of service at the contracted salary and that he wouldn't be declared a free agent until he fulfilled the terms of his deal.

Yashin tried to have the decision overturned but an Ontario court judge refused to hear Yashin's case last week.

It's unclear how Yashin's teammates will react to his return.

Last month Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson _ who replaced Yashin as team captain _ said he is willing to forgive his teammate.

``He would be welcomed back by most of the guys,'' Alfredsson told the Ottawa Citizen. ``He's a good hockey player and he's going to help any team.''

However, some Senators players still have issues with Yashin, including Vaclav Prospal who has promised to throw his two cents in if he returned. Alfredsson has admitted that there would have to be a clearing of the air.

``If he was committed to play 100 per cent, and follow our system, we would want him here,'' Alfredsson said. ``Of course, there would be (some awkwardness), but there's nothing you can't talk about. You have to play with open cards. In the long run, everyone wants to win.''