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The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons questions whether the Blackhawks are a classic sports dynasty, he discusses the Leafs' desire to essentially salvage the players who haven't been completely poisoned by the concept of playing hockey in Toronto (Phil Kessel is not one of those players in Simmons' eyes), and he offers the following words of warning:
When Glen Sather was talking trade with Montreal in the deal that eventually sent Scott Gomez to the Canadiens, his assistant Jeff Gorton, was clear about New York’s needs: Make sure, he told Sather, that Ryan McDonagh is included in the transaction.
Sather had heard the name McDonagh, but had never seen him play. He listened to his assistant and moved accordingly.
When Brian Burke was talking trade with the Blue Jackets in a deal that sent Sergei Fedorov to Columbus, his assistant Bob Murray had a word of advice. “Don’t make the trade without Francois Beauchemin.”
Burke’s response: “Who the hell is Francois Beauchemin?”
He made the trade and Columbus included Beauchemin in the deal.
Why does this matter now? It matters as the Maple Leafs get ready to remake their roster. They don’t have a general manager. They don’t have a pro scout of any reputation. They may have capable junior hockey operators: But they don’t have people who know the NHL and the AHL and all levels of hockey inside and out.
When the time comes to make a deal next week and they need a [Jeff] Gorton or a [Tim] Murray whispering in a general manager’s ear, who will do the whispering? They don’t have a GM and they don’t have a Gorton or a Murray type. Of all that Brendan Shanahan has done, his lack of NHL experience and pro scouting acumen may come back to haunt him.
Sportsnet tells the story of Alexander Mogilny’s defection, realities of late-Soviet Tikhonov hockey
Alexander Mogilny was one of the last (and only) Soviet-era players to defect from the USSR to play in the NHL (Sergei Fedorov, Mogilny and Pavel Bure were the young stars int he crown), and Sportsnet told his story. Former Buffalo Sabres GM Gerry Meehan narrates the tale, Sergei Fedorov makes several appearances in the 23-minute video, and thankfully, this feature was produced before Viktor Tikhonov's death, so it reminds us that Russian hockey has lost a legend--and a legendarily cruel dictator:
Of course, I learned a lot of new things. But working with him wasn’t easy and I’m not the only one who says that. It was complicated. He didn’t like the silence, he wanted that was always something that forced us to be on our toes.
I can’t say that no one loved him, but we didn’t feel many positive emotions. Within the team there was a huge concurrency. Everyone wanted to play. And we had such a great team for many straight years.
But at the end of my career I really didn’t expect to see such a different person. When he retired as a coach, he came to Detroit, to our locker room. And talking with him has been awesome. No one expected that he could be such a person. He surprised us all. It appeared that under his gross and sometimes inappropriate actions, phrases, words was hiding a kind, gentle, good-hearted man, a mentor with a capital letter.
-Sergei Fedorov on Scotty Bowman.
Fedorov did a recent interview on Russian radio and Alessandro Seren Rosso of The Hockey Writers has the full translation.
from The Voice of Russia,
Ice hockey legend Sergey Fedorov is mulling over a return to competitive hockey at the age of 43, says CSKA Moscow’s interim head coach Vyacheslav Butsaev.
Fedorov, who has not played a game since leaving Metallurg Magnitogorsk at the end of last season, is currently plying his trade as CSKA’s general manager.
“We’ve talked to him about it [returning to ice rink],” the R-Sport news agency quotes Butsaev as saying. According to Butsaev, Fedorov has been training recently and is now in “excellent condition.”
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
He defected. Remember that. Remember that as Sergei Fedorov does a TV interview surrounded by CSKA Moscow memorabilia – red stars on the sofa, a red star on the banner looming behind him. Remember that as he sits in his office at the Soviet arena on Leningradsky Prospect, the new head manager of what once was literally the Central Sport Club of the Army.
This is a story about evolution. The country has changed. Fedorov has changed. Look at them now: Moscow's streets are choked with the fancy cars Fedorov once left to drive in America, and Fedorov has returned to the club he abandoned to build a modern professional hockey organization upon that Central Red Army foundation – with guidance from none other than Viktor Tikhonov, the legendary Soviet taskmaster....
It was spy novel stuff. In 1990, still before the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Soviets came to play in theUnited States. The Detroit Red Wings, who had drafted Fedorov in the fourth round the year before, hatched a plan to sneak him out of the team hotel, a Holiday Inn on the outskirts of Portland, Ore.
The Wings hired a Russian-speaking journalist to communicate with Fedorov during media availability. The operation was a go. On his way to a game, Fedorov discreetly dropped his room key in the lobby. The journalist picked it up, went to Fedorov's room and gathered his belongings – what there were of them, anyway.
“I think any city like this, an industrial city, would present something. We have lakes here, where you can go, and do sightseeing, or to the mountains and walk around.
“We have been to the factory. It’s incredible, probably the biggest factory in Europe. They do a lot of steel, so it was an interesting trip, too. It’s a simple city, but everything we need we have here. And it’s very comfortable.”
-Sergei Fedorov on playing in Magnitogorsk, via Russia Today.
from George Malik of Mlive,
Former Red Wings forward Sergei Fedorov is owed $43 million by his former business partner, Joseph Zada, but as Zada either can not or will not repay Fedorov, the former Wing sued the Hyman Lippitt law firm—which represented both Zada and Fedorov at one point—in an attempt to actually receive the $60 million pay-off Zada had originally promised to pay Fedorov to settle their differences.
Subsequently, Fedorov’s lack of finances yielded three bank foreclosures on two homes in Metro Detroit and one in Florida, and, according to LifeSports.ru, Fedorov received worse news today—and it’s news that means that the nearly 41-year-old Fedorov, who played this past season for Metallurg Magnitogorsk, might have to continue his playing career to simply keep paying the bills:
from Mike Wilkinson and Robert Snell of The Detroit News,
Sergei Fedorov’s hockey career has taken him from Russia to Detroit, California, Ohio and Washington, but he can’t seem to skate away from his money problems.
They continued for the Detroit Red Wings great Thursday, when a bank filed notices of foreclosure against him for two sprawling million-dollar homes in Bloomfield Hills.
The PrivateBank and Trust Co. says Fedorov owes more than $2 million on both. He also owes more than $51,000 in property taxes on them, according to the Oakland County Treasurer’s Office.
from the CP at CTVOlympics,
The 40-year-old forward appeared to be just as loose and relaxed as the players around him on the eve of the Olympic tournament. He was clearly enjoying himself on the ice during Monday’s practice at Canada Hockey Place and was cracking jokes afterwards.
“I’m just delighted to be around those guys and have fun,” said Fedorov. “If you want to be part of the group, you have to goof off too sometimes.”
Fedorov is five years older than anyone else on the Russian team. He’s back for his third Games and is painfully aware that his country hasn’t won Olympic gold since 1992, but doesn’t believe it’s much of a distraction for the young stars.
“I don’t think anybody on the team thinks about when we won last time Olympics and stuff because we’re having too much fun,” said Fedorov.
from Alexander Zaitsev of RussianHockeyFans,
Sergei Fedorov, who moved from NHL to KHL past summer, got into a fight with Roman Derlyuk to avenge Derlyuk’s dirty hit on Sergei’s younger brother, Fedor.
from Mike Stone at The Stoney Express at Mlive,
Look, there is no doubt Sergei Fedorov was one of the greatest players to ever play for the Red Wings. I also believe there were people who treated him differently and did not give him enough credit because he was Russian. But, please Sergei, let’s not revise history here. You were also very jealous of people like Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan. You certainly did not play 100 percent all of the time.
I believe the fans who booed you when you came back as an opponent were idiots. You were one of the best playoff players ever in Detroit and should have No. 91 retired someday.
But please, Sergei, do not play the diva card now. I do not buy it. The organization and the majority of the fans loved you and still do. If there is anyone who appears to be jealous, it is you, so let it go. Jealousy does not become you.
from M.L. Elrick of the Detroit Free Press,
After the bank came for his Maybach, his Maserati and his two Ferraris, Sergei Fedorov went after the bank.
But Peoples State Bank isn’t the only lending institution Fedorov has accused of wronging him.
The Russian hockey hero and former Red Wing All Star claims Citizens State Bank and Sterling Bank also concocted schemes to get him to pay off loans they issued to Joe Zada, a former friend whom Fedorov has also sued.
Marc Beginin, one of Fedorov’s attorneys, claims the various banks conspired with Zada to make Fedorov pay off more than $10 million in loans taken out by Zada.
from M.L. Elrick of the Detroit Free Press,
Sergei Fedorov has won his lawsuit against a Grosse Pointe Shores man he said he entrusted to invest $43 million for him over the past decade.
Fedorov sued Joe Zada last month in Wayne County Circuit Court, seeking the $60 million Zada agreed to pay him earlier this year to settle their financial dealings.
Zada previously told the Free Press—which first reported the story—that Fedorov loaned him the money. He said he valued his friendship with Fedorov but was presently unable to meet his obligation to the former Red Wings star.
Zada said he hoped to pay Fedorov the $60 million and repair their relationship.
from M.L. Elrick of the Detroit Free Press,
For nearly 20 years, former Red Wing great Sergei Fedorov has victimized opponents with slick skating and a deadly shot.
Now he says he is the victim, swindled out of $43 million by a Grosse Pointe Shores man entrusted to manage his money.
In a lawsuit expected to be filed today in Wayne County Circuit Court, Fedorov accuses Joseph Zada of embezzling the money during the past 11 years.
You know it is a very slow hockey new period when I am posting this…
via Russia Today,
Former NHL superstar Sergey Fedorov and his younger brother Fedor have chosen the numbers under which they’ll play for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the upcoming KHL season.
Sergey Fedorov will wear the number 18 on the back of his shirt. The choice has some history behind it, as the forward began his hockey career in CSKA Moscow under the same number.
Fedor Fedorov went for number 81, the Metallurg Magnitogorsk official website reports.
via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
According to three reports out of Russia this morning, Sergei Fedorov’s NHL career is officially over. The 39-year-old has ended more than a month of speculation about his future and reportedly signed a two-year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL….
The deal is reportedly for two years at $3.8 million per season.
Magnitogorsk has also announced the signing on their website.
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
“Yeah, I [want] to re-sign with Caps,” Fedorov added. “But if not, there are other possibilities. I don’t have a strict plan. I had a good time in Washington. But there’s not much I want to say anymore because it’s part of the negotiations.”
GM George McPhee confirmed to me yesterday that talks with Fedorov are ongoing and that he’ll be able to say more on the matter as July 1 approaches.
It appears Sergei Fedorov is ready to leave the Washington Capitals and play in the Kontinental Hockey League next season.
Citing sources in Russia, RDS.ca is reporting that Fedorov is about to agree to a two-year deal with Russia’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
The report indicates the two-year contract will see Fedorov collect $3.8 million per season.
Fedorov would be joining his younger brother Fedor on the Metallurg Magnitogorsk roster.
added 10:43am, via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
I was just told moments ago by someone in the Fedorov camp that the 39-year-old veteran still has interest in playing for Washington next season. But for Fedorov to return to the Caps, I was told via text message, “a decision has to be made soon by Wash.”
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,
“I cannot imagine myself retired; I don’t know why,” the 39-year-old veteran said. “I still have got some legs left and I’m still enjoying the game and I’m certainly enjoying this group of young and very talented players. I didn’t think about retiring. By saying that, I would like to continue to play. With the young legs around me, it’s really helpful.”
Fedorov said his agent, Pat Brisson, spoke briefly to GM George McPhee about an extension back in February. But that discussion was put on hold—at the team’s request—until after the season
from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
It has been a long road to this place. Fedorov was the first Russian player to defect to the National Hockey League, in Seattle on a national team trip in 1990; 19 years, one Hart Trophy, three Stanley Cups and one disputed marriage to Anna Kournikova later, he has now lived in the United States for almost as long as he lived in the former Soviet Union. To other Russians, Fedorov is a significant figure.
“I think he is a legend, you know?” Penguins defenceman Sergei Gonchar says.
“People forget,” says Pittsburgh’s Ruslan Fedotenko, “how tough it was to leave.”...
“[Russian players] come to this country and obviously, we took some—I want to put it so people understand it nicely—we took some, let’s say, top positions in every team because of our talent, and coaches want us to perform, and it’s never been easy,” Fedorov says.
from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,
He knows the creases in his forehead are deepening at the same time his speed is declining. Nothing can hide the obvious. Not the chic red ski cap he wore after practice yesterday—not the Ferrari, not the Maybach, not the European designer jeans and certainly not his tentative Game 1 performance in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers.
In pro-athlete parlance, Sergei Fedorov is old. And so there is a genuine feeling around the organization it might be good to see the Russian legend now, in these final weeks of the 2009 season, because you never know when the great ones will go—and Fedorov more than qualifies….
He concedes the life of an NHL veteran is getting old. “I don’t mind preseason, but I guess the travel, long schedules eventually get to you somehow,” Fedorov said. “It’s probably when you’re younger you kind of digest that. It’s a little bit easier. When you’re older, you’re a little bit, you know, battling.”
more and the one thing I remember about Fedorov in his prime was his strong skating ability. He was so strong on his skates and could find that extra gear when needed. Watch a highlight of Sergei below…
...Now, who knows. Also, at the end of the interview, “Hockeytown is back here (Washington), that’s for sure.”
from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,
Another option would be to send 475 red carnations to Fedorov, one for each of Fedorov’s goals, care of the Caps. Because that wouldn’t be weird at all. The floral excess arrived yesterday, in all its rocking-the-red glory, although Fedorov went out and got hurt that night. Maybe next time roses would be better. I’m told that Fedorov was very appreciative of the gesture, if a bit taken aback.
From Bill Clement at NBCSports.com:
Without a doubt Fedorov is the best all-around Russian forward who has ever played in the NHL. Early in his career I believed I saw greatness in the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder. He was drafted by the Red Wings in the 1989 NHL Entry draft, taken in the fourth round with the 74th overall pick. It wouldn’t take him long to reach a breakout season.
To make his way to the NHL he had to defect from the then Soviet Union. He did so in 1990 while in Seattle to play in the Goodwill Games with CSKA Moscow on a line with two other future NHL stars, Mogilny and Pavel Bure.
Sergei Fedorov in a four minute video interview on NBC4 talks Capitals Hockey, his mentor role and a few other topics.
Now, if they could only spell his name correctly…
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Coach Bruce Boudreau appears to have changed things up. Sergei Fedorov is wearing a black jersey this morning and he’s working with the defensemen. Michael Nylander, meantime, has replaced him as the second line center, while Boyd Gordon is centering the third line.
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com,
Fedor Fedorov is nothing like his brother and has not even come close to following Sergei’s career path.
Few are. Few have.
Fedor seems fine with that, too, except for one thing. If Fedor can have anything Sergei already has, it’s an NHL career. Even though he’s 27, New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello is giving him a real chance for one this year.
from the Macomb Daily,
Former Detroit Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov was sued for more than $2 million Monday in Macomb County by a New Baltimore-based bank that says he has failed to repay loans.
The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Sergei Fedorov to a one-year $4 million contract.
added 3:57pm, from Capitals Insider,
General Manager George McPhee just confirmed moments ago that Sergei Fedorov has agreed to terms on a one-year, $4 million contract. The terms have been agreed to by both sides, but it still awaits Fedorov’s signature.
‘It’s paperwork,” McPhee said when asked about why the deal had not been announced. “We just have to do some administrative things.”
from On Frozen Blog,
Our thanks to Sovetsky Sport’s Dmitry Chesnokov for tracking down and translating the following piece of intriguing news:
At a press conference today in Moscow, Alexander Medvedev, the head of the newly formed Continental Hockey League, or KHL (which repaced the Russian Super League after the 2007-08 season), told Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport:
“It is sad that we will not see Sergei Fedorov in the KHL. Most likely, today he will sign a new contract with Washington.”
added 1:39pm, via Capitals Insider,
Such a report is premature according to Captials officials, though, who said the team is still in negotiations with Fedorov, that an agreement has not yet been reached and an there is no expected announcement.
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
The talks with UFA center Sergei Fedorov are moving in a positive direction. “We’ve talked Sergei,” McPhee said. “He wants to come here and is willing to wait until some of the dust settles. We’ll continue to talk to him, but we’re pretty confident that we’ll get something done here.”
more on the Caps including Matt Cooke will not be returning…
By George James Malik
—of Snapshots at MLive
It was one of those 5 AM, running-on-no-sleep entries, where you’re actually surprised that nobody’s signed Marian Hossa at 3:30, so you go poking around the far corners of the internet, essentially shaking the tree to see if there are any nuts left.
from Snapshots at Mlive,
Sport-Express’s Igor Larin says that the New Jersey Devils have offered Sergei Fedorov a contract…
On the Mats Sundin front, Aftonbladet’s Tomas Ros says that Sundin would prefer to stay in the Eastern Conference, though he’s seriously considering the Vancouver Canucks’ 2-year, $20 million contract offer, and Sundin’s Swedish representative, Claes Elefak, told Expressen’s Gunnar Nordstrom that Sundin’s merely “considering” every offer:
read on with translations…
from Capitals Insider,
Although majority owner Ted Leonsis, GM George McPhee and Team President Dick Patrick have yet to discuss next season’s roster in detail, it sounds like the Caps are going to seriously consider re-signing Sergei Fedorov - for the right price, that is.
The 38-year-old Russian was a major factor down the stretch, centering both of the top two lines and logging big minutes on special teams. Fedorov also mentored Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom as the youngsters made of their first playoff push.
“He was great for us,” Leonsis said yesterday. “So I’m sure if he wants to play, and we can afford it, we’ll figure it out.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via the National Post,
“Alex scored 65 goals. It’s a big deal in the media, everybody talks about it, people are always talking about him, the cameras are always on him, the other team is really, really aware of him,” said Fedorov. “He’s got more pressure on him than I had when I started in Detroit.”
more on Fedorov…
Sergei Fedorov brings up some points the Caps and Washington fans need to remember.
Scroll to the 4:11 mark of the YouTube video at On Frozen Blog and listen to what Sergei has to say, especially the going “flat” remark. The Caps need to keep the momentum going but not get to “high” with the victory last night.
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washinton Post,
But now Fedorov is grateful for the change. He’s having more fun than he’s had in years, he said, reinvigorated by Boudreau’s up-tempo system and a roster filled with young and talented players that remind Fedorov of himself 15 years ago.
“Just getting the chance to play hockey the way it’s supposed to be played, which is using hockey sense, not robotic,” Fedorov said, referring to the Blue Jackets’ defense-first strategy. In Columbus “you had do things that didn’t require much skill. It’s much, much different here. That’s why it’s exciting and refreshing.”
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From Tarik El-Bashir at the Washington Post,
Trading for “Huet was the easiest decision because he played really well for a few years,” McPhee said. “It’s worked out the way we had hoped. He’s playing well and Olie is better rested and playing really well, too.
“We couldn’t be more impressed with how [Fedorov has] handled this situation,” he added. “How great he’s been with our young players, and how well he’s played. And Cooke is playing better than he played in Vancouver.”
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from Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers,
Sergei Fedorov was traded for a Notre Dame freshman. Not long ago, he was the best player in hockey.
more on Columbus…
Darren Dreger of TSN reporting Sergei Fedorov to the Capitals… Confirmed.
Update 1:17pm ET: More from TSN
Update1:33pm ET: Sportsnet SMS updates are reporting that the trade exchange was Fedorov for Teddy Ruth.
from Hockey Adventure,
HockeyAdventure.com: How about you? You’re unrestricted at the end of the year. How much longer would you like to play?
Sergei Fedorov: I don’t know. Hopefully a couple more years.
HockeyAdventure.com: Still hungry?
Sergei Fedorov: Yeah, I still love the game. I like the challenges and the communication with the younger guys. Obviously they have quite a few questions about what’s going on. It’s still fun for me.
more Q & A with Sergei…
from the Columbus Dispatch,
“We are very together,” center Sergei Fedorov said earlier this month. “We know each other, we like each other, and we’re playing for each other, and that is not a small, little thing.
“Before you can do anything else in this league, first, you have to be a team.”
Now 20 games into the season, a pretty clear picture of the Blue Jackets has emerged.
more including Columbus could use more scoring…
from Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
Random thoughts on the Blue Jackets’ 4-1 loss to the Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena.
Nashville coach Barry Trotz is right—these Red Wings are no longer soft around the edges. They were every bit as physical as the Blue Jackets. Niklas Kronwall’s hit on Sergei Fedorov absolutely set the tone for the game. Fedorov ended up taking a penalty moments later and the Red Wings scored on the power play.
—All the Red Wings’ goals were the result of hard work in front of the net or the willingness to drive to the net.
more on the Blue Jackets…
from Steve Zipay at Newsday,
Columbus’ Sergei Federov is 3-3-6 and a minus-2 in 12 games. He’s an aging superstar on a young team on the rise ... The Blues’ Doug Weight. Another vet in trouble. He has no goals and two assists in 11 games ...
Pittsburgh reps have been following the Stars from city-to-city. The hunch: Assessing Dallas G Marty Turco and/or defensemen.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Sergei Fedorov will center the Blue Jackets’ first line in the opener between Rick Nash and David Vyborny. Fedorov did not play between the wingers during the preseason.
Hitchcock said Fedorov, 37, earned the right with his performance over the last three exhibition games. The coach said Fedorov will not kill penalties in an effort to limit his minutes.
Nikolai Zherdev will play extensively on the penalty-killing units, Hitchcock said. He believes the winger is a smart player who doesn’t get enough credit for his work on the defensive end. Nash also will be a penalty-killing regular.
more on the Blue Jackets…
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Last week, both acknowledged frustration with their Blue Jackets careers, and they shouldered some of that blame. But in the wake of front-office shuffling in the offseason, Foote and Fedorov vowed that different days lie ahead, both for their own careers and for the Blue Jackets’ success on the ice.
“I want to have more fun here,” Foote said. “I want to win.”
Fedorov put it another way: “I came to training camp excited as hell.”