Last year Bryan Murray (Anaheim) and Kevin Lowe (Edmonton) got into a pretty good brouhaha over the Mike Comrie negotiations. This year we have one team that needs to dump salary and one who needs, badly, a #1 center (Lowe).
Fedorov makes $6 million a year over the next 3 years - he has an option to opt out after the first year. Anaheim needs to dump salary in a big way.
Lowe has the $3 million he was willing to spend on Nedved. Fedorov is the center this team needs.
Hence the question - Can they swallow their pride and deal?
Think about price now for a second.
If Anaheim has to eat a lot of the salary then we can reasonable expect that Lowe will have to pay a big price in terms of prospective assets (Niinimaki, Gilbert and a 2nd would be a start***).
If Edmonton eats most of the salary then we can expect that the deal would involve ready to play players but that the overall price would be less (Reasoner/Horcoff & 3rd).
***Note that the one year option of Fedorov may reasonably limit the cost of acquiring the player from Anaheim
Option 1 involves Lowe & Prendergast giving up prospects in a big way while option 2 involves the ownership group taking on a bigger budget than they want.
Hence the question - Can they swallow their individual agendas and make the deal?
Answer: I don't think they will. The ownership is married to strict budgets (not really a bad thing) while Lowe has historically shown that his pride is as big as he is and that he doesn't have what it takes to close a deal this big.
Doesn't obviate the fact though - of all the players out there only Fedorov has it all.
EDITS MADE - to incorporate db's points made below about Fedorov's option year and Murrays move to Ottawa. Normally I would not have edited but Cerebral's post made me painfully aware that no one was reading past the thread starter.
Good call - both on Murray ( doh! ) and on teh option. If so all that does/should do is reduce the asset cost. A win for us I would think.
I think that's why there has been very little Federov talk... the option is a killer, especially when you are talking about giving some decent return to get him (which you'd need to do to have Anaheim eat some of his contract).
There is no way I would move two blue chip prospects and a first rounder for Fedorov with the potential for him to opt out after only one season. It is very unlikely that the Oilers will win the Cup next year, even with Fedorov... it is a waste to throw away all those assets for one year of Fedorov.