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“Screwed”: Fedorov Still Bitter

Woops.  Sergei Fedorov, steadfast in his refusal to speak with Russian media, spoke with the Russian media again yesterday.  And, if the reports are accurate, it would appear the chances of a return to Hockeytown are as slim as ever.  A2Y’s Russian correspondent, working out of his Wisconsin home office, provides this translation to a Sport-Express article that ran last evening.

It’s the business.  And when in this business someone tries to screw you, it greatly activates those qualities I used to fight through and win all those years.  Perseverance, judgment of the general situation, my career…  Do you understand what I am talking about?  We agreed about a certain contract with the club’s management, and I found a completely different one the next day when I came to sign it.  No one really knows of this story.  I really didn’t have a good “aftertaste” after leaving Detroit.


That “aftertaste” probably got progressively yuckier after every trip back to the Joe, and every chorus of boos. 

A few more tidbits from the interview with Express reporter Elena Vaizekhovskaya.

Do you feel nostalgic about “Detroit”?

Sergei Fedorov:  I don’t know.  But I was pleasantly surprised that they have Steve Yzerman’s jersey in Novogorsk (the training base of Dynamo Moscow where he’s training - MR) with whom I played for 13 years.

EV: In other words, you spent the best days of your life there?

SF:  Of course.  Having won 3 NHL Championships I can be sure of that.

EV: How long do you plan on staying in Russia?

SF:  I’d like to spend 2-3 more training sessions in Novogorsk.  I would have liked to be in Russia 2-3 weeks earlier to complete all the work I planned on doing.  My NHL season starts on September 10.  Exhibition games start on the 12th.  As it turns out we’ll have only 2 days to train as a team.  And prior to that I’d have to become acclimatized.  And move from Detroit to Columbus.”


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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com

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