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by George Malik on 10/09/13 at 12:39 PM ET
For the last two years, I've been suggesting that former Red Wing and current CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov would make some sort of "curtain call" appearance for CSKA to help drum up support for the team--and to play his final professional games for the team with which he "turned pro"--and Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov reports that the 43-year-old will indeed take to the ice for the Red Army Club:
I wouldn't be surprised if Fedorov played for the balance of the year with CSKA.
CSKA has been besieged by injuries, with virtually a third of first team players out injured. This is likely the reason for Fedorov’s return to hockey. But according to Fedorov himself, his “legs are still running. I’m training twice a week... But I am not closing the door.” Fedorov also implied that he had been training with Barry Brennan quite rigorously recently. Brennan is the team’s strength and conditioning coach, who did the same job in t. he NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets. “You will not find another professional with his level of knowledge,” Fedorov said. “I tried it on my own skin the type of a coach he is.”
CSKA’s media relations representative told SovSport:
“At this time a contract with player Fedorov has not been signed and registered with the League. Therefore, in accordance with the rules of the KHL, we do not have the authority to announce that such player will play for our team on a given day. We should not run ahead of [the train]…”
This is not the first time CSKA has been associated with a big name comeback. The legendary Slava Fetisov came out of retirement at the age of 51 to play one game for the club back in 2009. At the time, Fetisov was the club President.
Fedorov is not as old as Fetisov was at the time – he is only 43 (Teemu Selanne is only 7 months younger than Fedorov but is still playing at the highest level). It means that he may still have some gas left in his tank.
It is only a matter of when Fedorov GM signs Fedorov the player to satisfy the formalities.
According to Lysenkov, however, it is a certainty that Fedorov will play on Friday.
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