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Former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov’s comeback’s been shelved…for now

I've been trying to figure out whether Sergei Fedorov is actually coming out of retirement to play for CSKA Moscow or the KHL--as a general manager-turned player at 43 years of age--or whether his signign of a one-year, KHL-league-minimum with the team was a publicity stunt.

First, Fedorov was supposed to return to the team in the middle of October, but it didn't happen. He kept practicing with the team, and the Russian press speculated that Fedorov would finally return to action when CSKA Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg, the two Red Army Sports Clubs, tangled at the end of October. That didn't happen, and as CSKA's half-dozen injured players began to return from their injuries, Fedorov kept practicing with the team, but coverage of his activities waned, and a few pundits wondered whether Fedorov was waiting until the KHL resumed play after taking a break for the Euro Hockey Tour's Karjala Cup.

Well, the Karjala Cup came and went, and Fedorov has yet to do more than practice with his team. His playing status has become murkier and murkier, with the Russian press simply turning away from the story, but Sportbox.ru's Alexey Shevchenko managed to get Fedorov to speak on the record about his comeback, and while my Google and Promt-translated Russian isn't spectacular (two online translators are better than one), I believe that Fedorov dodged the question...Mostly...

Have you given up on your idea of returning to the ice?

"You know, it was probably incorrectly exlained at the time, and so you didn't understand. It was the usual human rush, the rush of the hockey player to help the club during a difficult moment. But my main direction of work is in management activities. In that sense the question's been postponed. Plus we have healthy players, we managed to extinguish the fire and protect ourselves. And the owners still believe that my work with the team is more important."

Fedorov also tells Shevchenko that he hasn't collected a penny from the league-minimum contract he signed because he hasn't played, so we may see him skate at the Red Wings' Winter Classic Alumni Showdown as an active player...But it's more likely that we'll see him skating for the Wings' Alums as a still-retired player.

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