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Sergei Fedorov will indeed take a curtain call with CSKA Moscow

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.

Update: Lysenkov notes that Fedorov's younger brother, Fedor, skates for CSKA, Sport-Express's Vladislav Domrachev is confirming, and R-Sport is confirming as well.

Update #2: RIA Novosti, ESPN and Puck Daddy's Dmitry Chesnokov are confirming, with Chesnokov explaining why Fedorov's doing what he's doing:

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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Mistercristo's avatar

Hmm.  Warming up for the Alumni game?

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 10/09/13 at 01:52 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Trying to give CSKA a PR boost.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/09/13 at 02:09 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I’m sorry Ken Holland but… YOU HAVE TO GO.  NOW.  So Nick Lidstrom can be our GM and sign himself when Ericsson and Dekeyser get hurt, and Quincey and Smith remain terrible….

In all seriousness though, this sort of thing is potentially a serious hit to the KHL’s claim of being so high-caliber.  The only comparable at the NHL level was Lemieux IIRC, and Lemieux was still playing at a high level (though still not where he once was).

Though… how long on the Island before Garth Snow signs himself out of desperation?

Posted by Primis on 10/10/13 at 01:04 AM ET

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