Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Ducks looking to trade Sergei Fedorov; Detroit says no thanks

According to, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are "desperately" trying to get rid of former Red Wings center Sergei Fedorov in an effort to dump his salary. They have apparently called the Wings at least twice but have been shot down each time by an unsympathetic front office in Detroit. I imagine the four years, $30 million left on Sergei's contract is a large deterrent, as well as the fact that he has the option of becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer. He would very likely exercise that option, given his previous dissatisfaction -- with never gaining Steve Yzerman's popularity and devotion from fans -- which led to his leaving in the first place. What the Wings would do if they didn't have to worry about him bolting for another four years is another question. Since I've never quite gotten used to seeing Sergei in another jersey, I personally would like to see him back in the Red-and-White someday. Unless both sides have a significant change of heart, however, the chance of that happening is about the same as that of seeing Chris Osgood back in the Winged Wheel. Read: zero. Sergei can't stand the idea of playing in the shadow of The Captain for another year only to have it replaced by those of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. It is too bad, though, that Sergei would have the option to leave after next season or else maybe the Wings would bring him back just to torture his sensitive mind. Put him on defense with Jiri Fischer or something.


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