Caps to Consider Fedorov
Although majority owner Ted Leonsis, GM George McPhee and Team President Dick Patrick have yet to discuss next season's roster in detail, it sounds like the Caps are going to seriously consider re-signing Sergei Fedorov - for the right price, that is.
The 38-year-old Russian was a major factor down the stretch, centering both of the top two lines and logging big minutes on special teams. Fedorov also mentored Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom as the youngsters made of their first playoff push.
"He was great for us," Leonsis said yesterday. "So I'm sure if he wants to play, and we can afford it, we'll figure it out."
McPhee believes a team can never be too strong down the middle, and if he comes up with a deal to retain Fedorov, I'm told that ownership would approve the move.
Fedorov earned a little more than $6 million this season. But because of his age, and since he would likely be the Caps' No. 3 center behind Backstrom and Nylander, it's believed McPhee would offer a short-term deal at a fraction of his 2007-08 salary.
Fedorov would likely be able to earn more elsewhere (if he doesn't retire). But he certainly seemed to be reinvigorated by skating with Ovechkin and Semin and Kozlov, and on some nights, looked 10 years younger.
Also, a lot of people have asked about the status of the team's RFAs. It's my sense that the Caps will focus on re-signing players like Mike Green and Cristobal Huet before turning their attention to Shaone Morrisonn, Brooks Laich, etc. For example, Morrisonn told me yesterday that he and his agent have not heard from the Caps yet. But he didn't sound concerned. Remember, it's only May.
Update:Too bad about former Capitals center and Insider favorite Jeff Halpern. Word is that he's back in Washington today to have surgery on the right knee injury he suffered at the World Championships on Tuesday. Dr. Shaffer already has operated on Jeff's left knee.
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