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Viktor Fedorov:  Print Hungry Dad Turns To Larin For Attention

Green Bay Mike, our Russian A2Y Correspondent, checked in late last night and brings us the latest from Igor Larin.  I’ll leave it to George Malik to comment on the accuracy of Larin’s reporting in the past.  For now, Daddy Feds seems to thinks a return to Detroit is in everyone’s best interests.  And, in true Viktorian fashion, he’s got plenty to say about the Wings in general.

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Believe me, if Detroit doesn’t improve in “the hockey thought” and athleticism, it will fail in play-offs again.

 

Igor Larin (IL):  How would you comment rumors about the imminent Sergei’s trade?

Viktor Fedorov (VF): These aren’t rumors but real conversations.  My son is definitely going to leave Columbus, there are no doubts.  I know that there are several NHL clubs that are actively seeking his services and are in contact with his agents.  I have no doubt that all will be decided by the trade deadline.

IL: Is it possible that Columbus would retain Sergei?

VF:  I hope not.  Right now isn’t the time to dot all i’s but the personnel policies of the this team’s management as well as the coaching staff are raising a lot of doubts.  I don’t see any sense to waste any time there.

IL: You slammed Detroit Red Wings quite a few times in recent years.  Is it a good option?

VF: It’s for Sergei to decide.  My personal opinion: it was a big mistake for the Red Wings to part ways with Sergei.  Since then the club hasn’t proven anything t o anyone, and didn’t win anything.  At the same time, after-Detroit seasons weren’t successful for Sergei either.  That’s why I think Detroit is the best option for Sergei at this time.

IL: Are you bothered by the Red Wings’ 6 game loosing slump?

VF: I’ve never said that the team didn’t have weak spots.  Take a look at goalies, the defense – there is a lot of work there.  Believe me, if Detroit doesn’t improve in “the hockey thought” and athleticism, it will fail in play-offs again.

IL: It looks like Fedorov could replace obviously tired Datsyuk on the first line who is still a “cultural outsider” in the City of Motors despite all of his virtues.

VF: I wouldn’t put all pressure on Datsyuk.  He looked really good in the last playoffs.  But in any case there are lines in Detroit that need to be reinforced.

IL: How much does Sergei want to return to Detroit?

VF: He’s a professional; he’ll play in the club that would give Columbus the best compensation.  But out whole family would be happy if that team is Detroit.  We still have two houses in Detroit area, and we call that city our “almost home”.  We are still renting in Columbus…

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com