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Sergei Fedorov spent Tuesday’s Wings game in the Joe’s press box, but he wasn’t exactly ‘visiting’

During last night's Red Wings game, the "GM Cam" found Sergei Fedorov speaking with Wings GM Ken Holland and executive Chris Chelios.

I wasn't too surprised as Fedorov rather wryly informed the media at the Winter Classic Alumni game that he still spends his summers in Metro Detroit, and as CSKA Moscow's season has ended--and KHL teams' training camps begin at the end of July, with exhibition games and tournaments spanning the entire month of August--this is Fedorov's "summer vacation."

The Detroit Free Press's George Sipple reports that Fedorov was a welcomed guest:

“A lot of banners are in the rafters that he’s had a big impact on,” Holland said of Fedorov.

Fedorov was welcomed back to cheers when he and the rest of the Russian Five were involved in the Hockeytown Alumni Showdown in December at Comerica Park.

Holland’s latest gesture is another sign that whatever hurt feelings there were in the past over Fedorov’s departure from the Wings are no longer an issue. Holland said they mostly talked about Fedorov’s current job managing in the KHL.

“We had a good visit,” Holland said. “He’s a general manager. He’s passionate. He’s enjoying his opportunity.”

And it turns out that he's also still a very proud Metro Detroiter and Michigander, who considers his off-season home to be...The place it's been since the summer of 1990. Shh.

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aerodude's avatar

Kenny is probably channelling Lamoriello and shopping Franzen to the KHL.

Posted by aerodude on 04/23/14 at 07:16 PM ET

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Find a way to get this guy into the organization. And put his jersey in the rafters. He’s in the top-5 all-time Red Wings, along with Howe, Yzerman, Lidstrom and Sawchuk.

On top of that, there are few players who ever played in the NHL that had the pure talent and mind of Sergei Fedorov. He was an athletic freak who could do everything: skate, shoot, hit, stickhandle….

Compare him with a guy like Ovechkin. Fedorov had all the talent and he could’ve been a prima donna but for the most part, he did what Scotty told him to do. The greatest quote - which I think came from Scotty himself - was that Sergei could’ve won the Norris if he played defense full time.

More than anything, Sergei played the Red Wings way. He played the 200 foot game. He played the entire ice, all the time.

Raise his jersey to the rafters, Kenny. Please? And while you’re at it, see what he can bring to the Detroit Red Wings’ front office. I think he’s a lot smarter of a guy than he gets credit for.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 04/24/14 at 09:24 AM ET

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