The evolution of Sergei Fedorov: From Soviet defector to NHL superstar to ....
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11-03-2012, 09:44 PM
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I still think, it was better for Red Wings that he left, if we look at the big picture. What happened when the cap was brouht, and how we would live with his contract...
That contract extension for 10 million (and 5 years) with 7.6 million caphit after the lockout could have cost the 2008 Cup for us. That contract would have ended at 2008 and it would have been a caphell for us with aging Fedex (38-year old when the contract would have ended).
We used the millions for cheaper replacement players, and it opened a big spot for the next wave of offensive team leaders (Datsyuk and Zetterberg).
Only Lidström was worth the 7.6, we all know that.
But, still that doesn't change the fact that Fedorov is one my of favourite players ever. Love-hate relationship. No regrets. I would never boo for him.
Robert Lang wouldn't have been a Red Wing if Fedorov had stayed. Not sure how they would have made up the difference; it would probably have been Schneider on the outs.
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