Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/15/05 at 09:32 PM ET
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks have traded star centre Sergei Fedorov to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for gritty checker Tyler Wright and blueliner Francois Beauchemin. The Blue Jackets also acquire a 2006 fifth-round pick in the deal.more update 7:16pm, Barry Melrose on the trade....
Anaheim's trade of Sergei Fedorov means one of two things: they are either dumping his $6.08 million contract or they think he can't play at a high level anymore. I don't think this trade effects the Ducks as much since they've played most of the 2005-06 season without him as Fedorov battled groin injuries. It's not like he was a scoring threat for the team, and then they decided to trade him.read on update 7:21pm, Bob McKenzie of TSN chimes in,
There are two things that need to be said about the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim dumping Sergei Fedorov to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and make no mistake, it was a dump as much as a trade. The first is that the Ducks will now free up about $4.5 million this year and another $4.5 million next season in terms of cap room. That was the primary motivation for a Ducks' team that is tight to the cap.read on update 7:53pm, via TSN, Doug MacLean, GM of Columbus talks (will open wmp video) about the trade.
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