Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 07/10/07 at 05:42 AM ET
Our boy (and DD Captain) Ansar Khan(!) likes to stick his fist in the hornets’ nest from time to time. He typically picks and chooses his spots, waiting for a lull in conversation…then he’ll throw a nugget out there just to see if anyone’s reading. Today, he’s mentioned an item being lightheartedly discussed on a few blogs and message boards, one that—on the surface—doesn’t make much economic sense but would be interesting to consider: the return of Sergei Fedorov.
We’ll get to that. Have patience.
First a bit on Drake.
Holland said the Wings tried to sign Drake in 2000 and again last summer, but the Blues outbid them each time. The Wings also tried to acquired him at the trade deadline in 2006 but couldn’t clear a small amount of cap space.
“We’ve had success with veteran players,’’ Holland said. “They don’t play as much, they’re fresher. We get the most out of them.’‘
Like Greg Johnson the year before, Holland shouldn’t have to spend too much time defending this move. Like it or not, it was safe and one that will be easy to forgive if Drake turns out to be past the point of usefulness.
I’m betting that if he makes the club he’ll be wearing #20. Consider that. Has there ever been a greater contrast than the one that would exist between the last two Wings to wear that sweater?
Alright…on to Sergei. Like I said, Khan(!) likes to stir it up. He does so with this:
If the Wings don’t add a top-six forward before the season, a couple of potential midseason options include Peter Forsberg and Sergei Fedorov. Forsberg, an unrestricted free agent, recently had surgery on his troublesome foot but might not be done playing. Columbus might trade Fedorov if it falls out of playoff contention.
(a) The Wings aren’t adding a top six forward before the season. Nope. None left and the idea of holding on to that pot of cash is too enticing. Holland knows the division’s his, and he and Uncle Mike are probably both intrigued by the idea of giving youngsters Kopecky, Hudler, Grigorenko, Ellis, Helm, etc (I could have said “et al” there, but…I’m not real fond of people who use that phrase) a chance to show what they’re made of.
(2) Hell yes, I say. Hell yes. Bring him back. Good for the bloggers. Good for the team. All the die-hard Sergei haters? The principled hockey elitists who felt cheated by his departure and boo his every stride at the Joe? They’ll be cheering as they did for thirteen years…guaranteed. With that extra money, it’s not out of the question and Fedorov would be plenty motivated.
Forsberg: back with the Dive by Halloween.
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