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Sergei Fedorov Will Return For The Alumni Showdown At Comerica Park

Update: If you missed it, Slava Kozlov told Sports.ru that he's hoping that his current employer, Spartak Moscow, will let him play in the Alumni Showdown, so it's possible that the Russian 5 will be reunited on December 31st.

Update #2: Via Sports.ru's Igor Eronko:

#Spartak confirms Slava Kozlov, still active player in #KHL, will take part in #WinterClassic alumni game #RedWings #TMLeafs

From the Wings' PR department:

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that three-time Stanley Cup Champion and 1994 Hart Memorial Trophy winner Sergei Fedorov has been added to the team’s alumni roster for the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Comerica Park, as part of the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™. Fedorov rejoins his fellow countrymen that comprised the Red Wings’ famed “Russian Five” line, which he centered between right wing Igor Larionov and left wing Vyacheslav Kozlov, with Viacheslav Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov, who is slated to appear as a special guest, manning the blueline.

Fedorov was selected by Detroit with the 74th pick of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft and made an immediate impact upon joining the Red Wings in 1990-91, producing 79 points (31-48-79) in 77 games as a rookie. His most productive season came in 1993-94, when he racked up 120 points (56-64-120) in 82 games and won both the Hart Trophy (most valuable player) and Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as selected by NHL players). While his offensive output represented the fourth-highest single-season point total in franchise history, he was also recognized for his two-way play, taking home the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the top defensive forward. He also captured that honor in 1995-96, a second season in which he broke the 100-point barrier (39-68-107 in 78 games played).

A six-time NHL All-Star, Fedorov helped Detroit raise Stanley Cup banners to the rafters in 1997, 1998 and 2002 and sits third in franchise history with 163 points (50-113-163) in 162 playoff games. He also still ranks among Red Wings’ all-time leaders with 400 goals (fourth), 554 assists (fifth) and 954 points (fifth) in 908 career games (seventh) with the club from 1990-03.

The Pskov, Russia, native went on to play 1,248 games with Detroit, Anaheim, Columbus and Washington, wrapping up his NHL career in 2009 with 1,179 points (483-686-1,179). He was the first European-trained player to win the Hart Trophy and the first Russian to ever reach 1,000 points in the NHL. Fedorov is also a three-time Olympian, winning a silver medal with his country in 2002 and a bronze in 1998. He also owns three gold medals (1989, 1990 and 2008) and one silver medal (2010) from the IIHF World Championships as well as a gold (1989) and silver (1988) from the IIHF World Junior Championships.

Fans can see secure their chance to see Fedorov in action when tickets for the 2013 Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings Alumni Showdown™ go on sale on Monday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.DetroitRedWings.com/2014WinterClassic  or by calling 313-471-7575. Each ticket is good for both games of the New Year’s Eve doubleheader (1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.). The contests are the final events of the 2013 SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ before the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Jan. 1, 2014.

Update: the Wings' website has the followings roster listed for the Alumni teams:

Detroit Red Wings Alumni Scheduled to Participate

Forwards:
Red Berenson, Doug Brown, Jimmy Carson, Dino Ciccarelli, Mathieu Dandenault, Alex Delvecchio*, Dallas Drake, Kris Draper, Brent Fedyk, Tomas Holmstrom, Gordie Howe*, Petr Klima, Joe Kocur, Slava Kozlov, Martin Lapointe, Igor Larionov, Ted Lindsay*, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Kevin Miller, John Ogrodnick, Dennis Polonich, Mickey Redmond, Brendan Shanahan, Garry Unger, Paul Ysebaert

Defensemen:
Chris Chelios, Steve Duchesne, Slava Fetisov, Jiri Fischer, Mark Howe, Vladimir Konstantinov*, Nicklas Lidstrom, Larry Murphy, Brian Rafalski, Mathieu Schneider, Aaron Ward, Jason Woolley

Goaltenders:
Ken Holland, Manny Legace, Eddie Mio, Chris Osgood, Mike Vernon

Coaches:
Scotty Bowman, Jacques Demers, Barry Smith


Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Scheduled to Participate

Forwards:
Wendel Clark, Russ Courtnall, Tie Domi, Gary Leeman, Kevin Maguire, Frank Mahovlich, Lanny McDonald, Gary Roberts, Darryl Sittler, Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker, Rick Vaive, Mike Walton

Defensemen:
Dave Ellett, Al Iafrate, Bryan McCabe, Bob McGill

Goaltenders:
Johnny Bower*, Mike Palmateer

Coaches:
Red Kelly, Pat Quinn

*Attending but not participating in alumni games

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MOWingsfan19's avatar

Big step towards rebuilding the ashes of that bridge that was torched.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 10/30/13 at 11:09 AM ET

Zqto's avatar

Awwwww, yeaaaaaaahhhh!!!!

Posted by Zqto on 10/30/13 at 11:13 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Meh.

All-world talent bottled inside an arsehole.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 10/30/13 at 11:30 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Great News!!

No matter how things ended between him and the team, there is no doubt that Sergi was a large part of this teams success and those 3 Cups the Wings won during his time here.

Was he perfect?...no…did he somtimes not play to his full abilities? ...yes.

But please remember this kid defected while in the states during the GoodWill Games leaving his entire family back in what was then still the Soviet Union.

If I happen to get tickets to the Alumni game, I for one, will certainly give #91 a big cheer.

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/30/13 at 11:56 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

But please remember this kid defected while in the states during the GoodWill Games leaving his entire family back in what was then still the Soviet Union.

Exactly. How quickly people forget, do not even know, or, comprehend just how serious defection was. He was a ” Man Without a Country”.

Me likey Fedorov and always will.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 10/30/13 at 12:14 PM ET

11B4PF7 in MN's avatar

Now I am going to watch the alumni games!  Can’t wait to see Federov in a Wings jersey again!!

Posted by 11B4PF7 in MN on 10/30/13 at 12:18 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Bygones are bygones.  A Guinness to #91.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 10/30/13 at 12:20 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Twitter was all a-, errr…. a-twitter… over this news.

Personally for me… “meh”.

I don’t understand the notion that Illitch and the Wings should go out of their way to mend burned bridges, because they’re not the ones that burned them.  Fedorov did.  And IMHO he needs to be the one busting his a** to make that happen.  And maybe he actually will.  I have my doubts though.

We’re never going to hear “To the fans, I’m genuinely sorry” from him though because I still think he feels he did what was right, even though it banished him to ANA and then CBS and basically wasted the final few years of his career until he ended it in WAS.  In the end he GOT what he wanted, and it was not so good.

That does nothing to diminish what he accomplished in DET of course.  The issue is not what he did while here, the issue is the amount of time he spent trying to get OUT of here while he was still here.  At times I think that DID affect his on-ice productivity, but even that is neither he nor there.

An apology, or him even saying “I really shouldn’t have spent so much time thinking the grass was greener and worrying so much about money” would probably do it or be enough.

A photo op and a handshake or something doesn’t do it for me though and probably won’t for many others.


By the way, I’m happy to hear Kozzie is wanting to play too.  He was a player I really liked and enjoyed watching in that era.  He took a lot of crap for not being big or physical at a time the game was changing, but he was very talented (his NHL career is MUCH longer than you remember) and it’s nice that he’s not just forgotten.  He shouldn’t be.  He scored some really big goals and made some really big plays for the Wings.  And he ultimately in a way is responsible for the Wings getting Hasek (the good AND bad of that).

Look up his numbers as a Wing and where he ranks.  You’ll be surprised.

Posted by Primis on 10/30/13 at 12:47 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Officially speaking, Kozlov has to get permission from Spartak Moscow to play. He’s still going strong at 41.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/30/13 at 01:03 PM ET

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Anyone who thinks Sergei owes “the fans” an apology are out of their minds.  The fans and the Wings should be thanking him. 

He would have been a buyout casualty just like Hatcher, McCarty and Whitney.  Why is it so hard to understand?  $10 million deal rolled back to $7.6 million on a $39 million ceiling that the Wings were up against even without Fedorov. 

Would you be po’d at the Wings 10 years later for that buyout?  Somehow, I think not.

Posted by jkm2011 on 10/30/13 at 01:04 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Any word on what the Wings are going to do to include Vladdie?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 10/30/13 at 01:17 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

My understanding regarding Fedorov’s situation is that he still insists that the Wings took a contract he was going to sign off the table, and the Wings still insist that Fedorov said he was going to sign the Wings’ deal and then reneged on his promise and signed with the Ducks. There is indeed still acrimony 10 years later;

And I’m guessing that Vladdie will sit on the bench. That would make the most sense.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/30/13 at 01:24 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

My understanding regarding Fedorov’s situation is that he still insists that the Wings took a contract he was going to sign off the table

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/30/13 at 01:24 PM ET

That is my understanding as well. If I remember correctly, the offer was tabled at some point during his last season and was pulled.  But, that was long ago, in a galaxy far away. Cosmic Dusty wink

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 10/30/13 at 02:31 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

It went further than that. In the Russian press, Fedorov and his father, Viktor, claimed that Fedorov was ready to sign a deal in July, and that the Wings reneged at the last minute; the Wings claimed that Fedorov told them he was going to sign the deal that was on the table, and he up and left for about $3 more million and an “optional” year from the Ducks. It’s the final-moments-of-the-negotiations stuff that has the sides still at odds with each other.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/30/13 at 02:47 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Truthfully though it’s not that Fedorov signed elsewhere.

It’s the years spent prior to that TRYING to sign or land elsewhere before it actually happened.

There really is a difference.  And that’s why I don’t see how Wings fans owe him squat.

Imagine, if you will, Valteri Filppula spending the last 3 years or so trying to engineer his own exit to another franchise because he wanted more $$ and didn’t like being forever behind Datsyuk on the depth chart.  You think fans disliked Filppula *now* as it was, imagine if that had gone down publicly?

That’s kinda’ what Fedorov did.  Didn’t like being in Yzerman’s shadow, and always wanted more $$.

Posted by Primis on 10/30/13 at 02:58 PM ET

Norskirama's avatar

Why would Fedorov even bother coming unless he could get an advantage out of it?  That seems to be his M.O. over the years.

Posted by Norskirama from Lincoln, Nebraska on 10/30/13 at 03:00 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Why would Fedorov even bother coming unless he could get an advantage out of it?

Publicity = paid appearances/young tennis star girlfriends?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 10/30/13 at 05:10 PM ET

SYF's avatar

#Spartak confirms Slava Kozlov, still active player in #KHL, will take part in #WinterClassic alumni game #RedWings #TMLeafs

Outstanding.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 10/30/13 at 05:24 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

It’ll be nice to see Sergei and Slava back in the Winged Wheel.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 10/30/13 at 05:55 PM ET

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Sergei was the greatest player of his era behind only forsberg. he was never in yzerman shadow. he was far better than Steve and deserved to be paid like it. only the media and some fans had an anti Russian bias so they could never admit it and apparently still can’t

Posted by jkm2011 on 10/30/13 at 06:44 PM ET

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