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Fedorov: 'I Still Have Got Some Legs Left'


(John McDonnell -- The Washington Post)


Sergei Fedorov told a small group of reporters here at KCI moments ago that he has no plans to retire and that he hopes to return for another season with the Caps.

"I cannot imagine myself retired; I don't know why," the 39-year-old veteran said. "I still have got some legs left and I'm still enjoying the game and I'm certainly enjoying this group of young and very talented players. I didn't think about retiring. By saying that, I would like to continue to play. With the young legs around me, it's really helpful."

Fedorov said his agent, Pat Brisson, spoke briefly to GM George McPhee about an extension back in February. But that discussion was put on hold -- at the team's request -- until after the season.

"I haven't met with the coaches or GM yet, but I hope the feeling is mutual because I really enjoy this organization and it's an awesome city to play in, too," Fedorov added.

Fedorov earned $4 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. But based on what McPhee and Coach Bruce Boudreau said earlier today, it certainly sounds like there's a good chance Fedorov will be back next season.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 15, 2009; 1:06 PM ET
 
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Comments

Hope he'll take less money this year..

Posted by: thiazzi | May 15, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

That is great news! I just hope he's willing to take a cut in pay so the team can make some moves to push us up a level next season.

Posted by: oviwan | May 15, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

As a player or as an asst coach??

Posted by: pirate1 | May 15, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Great news, for the right price. I'd have him back at $2, maybe $2.5M. Question is, would Feds take less than $4M to stay?

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | May 15, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Feds!

Posted by: MReilly9 | May 15, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

if I wasn't in my office, I'd be singing for joy!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Great news.

Posted by: ridgely1 | May 15, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Less than $2 million, hopefully. Roenick money.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | May 15, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Big mistake. Feds will be another year older and slower, and there's no evidence he added that much leadership in the locker room. Love him, but sorry, we have others in the queue who can skate faster, check better, and have lethal shots. Their names are Mink, Osala and Bourque.

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | May 15, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

feds went from 6 mil to 4 last year, hopefully he'll agree to lose another 2 this year.


its not like he'll be poor

Posted by: woodsidej1 | May 15, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

As much as I like him and appreciate what he brings to the ice (and locker room), we do need to get younger, and more physical to make that next step.(younger versions of players like Cooke, who played here last year)

Posted by: 1of9000 | May 15, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Fedorov got his aparentment and his corvette and that's all he ever wanted :) He plays now for the sheer joy of playing hockey.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

good 4 feds

Posted by: meikesports | May 15, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

@warlok: I have no idea what game you and others that complain about Ovi zone play are watching. If anything our forwards were collapsing too much, including Ovi, which is why the Pens D kept keeping the puck in. It was rimming around the boards before the Forwards on the weak side were covering the slot (as they should) could get out to retrieve for a breakout. The rimming around the boards is kind of ditched afte Pee-Wees and our D did it a lot. Ovi's breakaway wasn't because he was on the far side of the Pitt D, it was due to an indirect pass that Ovi won the race to.

Now the Caps are not making excuses they are releasing their injury report that they keep to themselves while still in the hunt. EVERY team does it because every team is nursing injuries. It won't make national news, and is not meant to diminish what the Pens did at all.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 15, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

gotta say i was disappointed w/ feds this year. i wasnt expecting him to score 20 goals. but i did expect his value to be felt in the playoffs as a leader. the way this team played down the stretch and in the playoffs makes me wonder whether his leadership value is overrated.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 15, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping he still has some of the 28 year old Feds still in the tank... I would love to see him one more year.

If the Caps resign him, it would likely be at something less than $4M... He does bring something to the team, to be sure.

Posted by: MikeL-Caps91 | May 15, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I hope they can work this out. He's made a nice commitment to this team, he likes this city, and I think it still will help us to have him around. Maybe, hopefully, reward his commitment with one last trophy.

Posted by: jen-s | May 15, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@Exile_in_Philly: Mink and Bourque have had a lot of chances to make their mark, I just don't see it happening. Mink came back if I remember right. I believe it's time to see what we can get for those boys if they're still marketable. Osala, Giroux, and especially Aucoin on the other hand probably have a shot. Especially considering how poorly Fehr and Fleishman played for the second half of the season and in the playoffs. Granted Fehr ended up getting injured but he was invisible in the 8 games he dressed in.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 15, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Federov scored a game winning goal in the playoffs, for those who forgot and are "disappointed." How do you know what he said to whom in the locker room, or between games? He's also playing with players like Ovie, Semin, Green, and other MAJOR goal scorers. There's only so many goals to go around, and his job at this point is not to be the primary point-scorer for the team. For a team this young, he's an invaluable and irreplaceable source of leadership and mentorship and experience, especially for the young Russian players. He's "been there" and is the voice of experience they all look up to. Just look how much Semin has blossomed in the last year since Feds arrived. No he's not the #1 guy, but that's not his role, and in his role, he's invaluable.

Posted by: capsfan4life1 | May 15, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

take a decent sized pay cut and only play around 50 games in the regular season so he is ready for the playoffs.


40 year olds should not be making over 2 million...

Posted by: richmondphil | May 15, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Maybe, hopefully, reward his commitment with one last trophy.

my thoughts exactly. At some point after the game (and many beers) on Wednesday, I suddenly blurted out, "Fedorov can't retire liek that!!!!!"

I find it hard to judge this season because of the nasty ankle injury.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Chocolate fans are upset with my suggestion that Mink and Bourque be dealt if we can get something because they are contributors in the AHL. The fact is Chocolate town is just a barn we hope to develop players in and if it doesn't work out they have to go. I am sure Bourque and Mink would like a shot with NHL club if it isn't going to happen with the Caps. I always thought the Farraro boys would finally get a shot and it never worked out. They were talented too.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 15, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I hope he comes back, it's an honor to watch him play every night. His slap shot is definitely still there. I'm guessing this team might be the most fun he's had playing since the Detroit days. I'll never forget that smile on his face when he scored against Florida in the last game of the season last year.

Posted by: Osfan092589 | May 15, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

He is still 40 years old. I don't want him signed to anything more than 1 yr. The price really isn't THAT important for next year..however if he wanted to continue past next year (yikes...a 41 year old forward playing in the NHL nowadays??) then he will have to make practically nothing.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 15, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that Feds (through his agent) approached the Caps back in February. That's a guy who is 100% committed to coming back to the team.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I think people here are being way to hard on Feds. He's a great player. Did you already forget game 7 against the rangers? He may not be as fast but he's so smart on the ice - always making good decisions.

Posted by: ralph4100 | May 15, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Fedorov = a great player and one of my all-time favorites. With that said, I was hoping he wouldn't be re-signed. If he accepts a lesser role and far less money ($1.5 - $1.75 million) I'd be okay with his return. Maybe the following season he could be considered for replacing Dean Evason.

Posted by: thomas20 | May 15, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock1, I know Bourque is somewhat frustrated by the situation here and wants to be playing in the NHL regularly. It will be interesting to see if he holds out to see what he can get from RFA offer sheets, and if the Caps are willing to let him walk if the price is too high.

Curiously, he was among the last forwards (maybe the very last) to be cut out of camp this year, yet he was rarely called up. I know part of that has to do with everyone having their specific "role" and if your NHL position isn't hurt you're not likely to get the call, but still....

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Exactly RedBirdie!!! He plays for the joy of playing hockey. At 39, he is an asset to this team. He is one of, if not, the only players capable of effectively playing many positions. And as my 16 year old cousin says, "He is so old, but he's soooooo good!!!"

Posted by: capsfan01 | May 15, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

@ fanohock1

I am one of those "ChocolateFans"... Bourque is dealable, he is too little and IMHO will never be an NHLer. Mink could be. He's solid and quick, but he has already said he wants to stay in D.C./Hershey organization even if he remains in the AHL.

Posted by: CentralPACapsFan | May 15, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Feds price really doesn't matter for us next year, unless they are planning to really shake it up a bit.

Cap space matters when we have to sign Backstrom and Semin in the same year.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 15, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Mink is in his late 20s, right? He was one of those guys mixed up in the whole Vermont hazing scandal some years back if I'm remembering correctly.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm just glad we have Diamond Dave Steckel locked up for another year.

Posted by: thiazzi | May 15, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Lock up Steckel for the rest of his playing career. You'll never luck into another face off specialist like him again.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

not more than 2 million, Feds.

Posted by: Andoy | May 15, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

GAME 7 vs. NYR with 5:02 left in the game. Enough said. Bring back FEDS!

Posted by: 555Mass | May 15, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I am really glad GM is not buying out Nylander's contract. (just read in other post).

I would like to see Theo not get bought out as well.

You know what I always fantasy dream of? We somehow dump Theo and pick up Bryzgalov and Doan in PHX. Bryzgalov is there to help Varlamov along and Doan is the man.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 15, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

why don't we trade Theo for Huet?

Posted by: CentralPACapsFan | May 15, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

because Theo has 0 stock.

I am still hoping one of the lower teams gets desperate and wants Theo...

Posted by: richmondphil | May 15, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

you know, as a life long Caps fan, I still can't get over that Sergei Freaking' Fedorov wants to be a capital and retire as a Capital. No I've got this big stupid grin on ym face because of the old man!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I think the Caps needs Fedorov for atleast one more year. The experience he brings is to this young team is invaluable y and he still productive at it.

Posted by: guer_j | May 15, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

because Huet's track record for grinding out a full season is non-existent?

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Not enough go to the net guys. Imagine if we had a center on Ov's line that would crash the net. Everyone knows OV is shooting, and there are a bushell of rebounds, but no one in position to bang them home

Posted by: SeattleRob | May 15, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

You're my boy Feds!! You're my boy!

Posted by: HemmedUp | May 15, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Desperately want him to return! This update makes my weekend tolerable. I've watched him play almost 2 decades, and there's no one like Fedorov. I watch him at practice whenever possible, it wouldn't be the same without him. He played only a little more than 50 games, due to the ankle injury (our filthy ice, most likely to blame) and flu, but he was on pace to have scored more than 50 points in a full season. For number crunchers, two other centers in the league who will be 39 next season are at about $3.4 and $3.6M for 09/10 -- you'll have to look them up, I don't have my notes -- and there's Sundin at the top, in a world of his own. Possibly Brind'amour and for certain Roenick are the bargain centers in this age group. But Fedorov's stats are better than any of them. I don't care what they pay him, the value he adds to our team goes way beyond dollars. I'm so glad he likes it here and wants to stay. If you're reading this, thank you, Mr. Fedorov! All best wishes.

Posted by: FlyingCloud | May 15, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie, I have to admit I was glad to read what Feds thought about the organization and city. I think that can only help us with getting/keeping other players down the road.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 15, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"I haven't met with the coaches or GM yet, but I hope the feeling is mutual because I really enjoy this organization and it's an awesome city to play in, too," Fedorov added.

Wish he felt that way in the mid-90s.

In any case, I am all for Feds' return. Those who question his leadership need to remember that he is a calming influence on our young Russian core. Another year of mentoring is worth his price tag. He is still valuable in the faceoff circle and the occasional stint on defense (yes, I know he got burned by Malkin, but it was precipitated by an ill-advised turnover in the neutral zone). What he lacks in physical prowess, he makes up for with on-ice IQ.

Dump Kozlov, bring back Feds!

Posted by: paperboy76 | May 15, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

FEDEROV is just as indespensible on this team as OV, backstrom, etc.

he brings leadership on a team with very little...he's won the cup (a bunch)...he still has flashes of elite level talent...doesn't make mistakes...and maybe most of all...

HE SPEAKS RUSSIAN

would love to retain him as a coach whenever his player days come to an end.

Posted by: carsonspence | May 15, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

As I have already said, his price for next year really doesn't matter. The real questions come up if he wants to play another year after 09/10

Posted by: richmondphil | May 15, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Last posts for the day (from a previous thread) as I gotta get some work done.

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@fanohock1

Great reply to Clueless about Semin. Couldn't agree more. I've even posted during the series saying that I've noted Semin constantly mishandling the puck. Handling the puck is what he's known for being one of the best in world at. It was obvious that the injury greatly affected him.

@doughless

The fact that you're not a genius of any kind, hockey or otherwise, was already clear to everyone, but thanks for your honest confirmation.

Semin disappeared for long stretches of the season?

Yeah, that must be why he had the highest points per minutes played on the team, even significantly higher than Ovechkin. Do facts matter to you when you construct your opinions? Don't bother answering. It's a rhetorical question.

Where were you with your criticism after he was our best producer in round 1?

You should really think about changing your handle to clueless.

A trend has clearly emerged. There's a camp of doughless, atybat and cstanton1 and then there are posters with a brain.

Posted by: ranndino | May 15, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

@ doughless

5) got his lunch handed to him by Rags and Pens D-men

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Did you even watch the Rangers series? He was our top goal scorer. If that = having his lunch handed to him I'm not sure what planet you live on. You are a complete idiot.

Yeah, let's have a whole team of Boyd Gordons. That will guarantee us a Stanley Cup every year.

So tired of reading this inane garbage. There are 29 teams in the NHL who would love to have Semin any day.

Posted by: ranndino | May 15, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ranndino | May 15, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the consensus on Feds - $2 mil or less for 1 year.

Trade Theo to Colorado - he had some success there. If he can do it again, the Rockies might want to extend him. Sign Johnny for $1 mil for a year. The players like him a lot and he's been here for 4 seasons now. Let him carry 35-50% of the games depending on how Varly handles the NHL load. Also, keep him fresh for the playoffs.

These moves are cap friendly (no pun intended).

Posted by: puckman | May 15, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

you know, as a life long Caps fan, I still can't get over that Sergei Freaking' Fedorov wants to be a capital and retire as a Capital. No I've got this big stupid grin on ym face because of the old man!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Same here! I still haven't gotten over it, and I can honestly say every game I watch I can't believe how lucky we are to have him. This has made my day, and I would be ecstatic if we resigned him!

Posted by: terpsgirl02 | May 15, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I hated Fedorov when he was younger. Maybe it's just me, I don't know.

I was always a Bure or Mogilny guy...

Posted by: richmondphil | May 15, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I think of Federov as the perfect coach for the young guys also, and especially Semin as has been noted. The other Vet I think is playing the exact same role on another team who I idolized as a kid is Jeremy Roenick. He should have worn a caps sweater at some point, but was never in the cards.

Feds influence, knowledge, leadership and character should resonate with everyone on this team and everyone will be the better for it.

Posted by: caps28fan | May 15, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Fedorov wasn't the msot likeable guy when he was younger :)

Tarik raised the possibility of Theo to avs via trade, but I'm not so sure, given Theo's little bridge burning right before the Avs came to town in February.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Feds may not be the BEST player anymore, but he's one of the smartest. All through the playoffs he would be able to change the tempo of a game by simply not forcing a pass or slowing the breakout. The fluidity of his skating and his remarkable stick handling make up for his waning speed. He still blows by almost anyone just on finesse.

I hope to see him somewhere in the lineup next season.

Posted by: CheckingLine | May 15, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

@ CentralPACapsFan:

Why would we want Huet back? Pay more per season for an equally average goaltender and keep him for more years than we need?

Huet snubbed us last off season he can go play in traffic for all I care.

Posted by: CapManJ | May 15, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

So my friend found this rare Ovie card and sent it to me in the mail a few weeks ago.

He just sent me an email with a link to an ebay auction with the card going for around 120.00 bucks right now.

word.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 15, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Koz finally broke his post season spell too. His two goals were key to our chance in a game 7. I think the players we need to look at replacing more are Flash and Fehr, and the D needs to be upgraded with a couple of reliable abrasive players. Our forwards are almost there, just need grittier role players. If we can get grit with a 20 goal guy I'm all for replacing Kov, but if its a 10 goal guy with grit instead of Koz I say no way.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 15, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm not positive on this, but I think Theo makes more than Huet.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 15, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil
Not even close, Theo is 2 yr/4.5 per, Huet's cap number is 5.625/6 yrs.

Posted by: koalatek | May 15, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Huet signed with the Hawks for a $22 million over four years - we signed Theo for $9 million over two years...

Theo one more year @ 4.5 or Huet 3 more years @ 5.25?

Posted by: CapManJ | May 15, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I'd pay Fedorov 4 million a year just to skate around the rink. Is there a more aestically pleasing skater?

(although Green and, stragely, Steckel, have beautiful strides as well)

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Powerskating lessons flashback...

Posted by: CheckingLine | May 15, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

the whole reason Huet bolted is because the caps refused to go more than 3 years and no more than $5 mil/per.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Oops, CapManJ is right, Huet's signed for four years. In any case, JT was a perfectly fine signing with our future in mind.

Posted by: koalatek | May 15, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Whats not pleasing about Feds' play is all the penalties he takes when he gets burned. If the Caps want to sign him I say no more that 1.75 for one year, and he plays only sparingly throughout the regular season so he is much more rested and ready to rock for the playoffs.

Posted by: CapManJ | May 15, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

and JT, although he's got more holes than swiss cheese, knew the deal coming in--namely, that the Caps have a boatload of young goalies and they only needed a short term solution--and still willingly signed here. Can't be easy to know you're going to be shown the door in two years, but he signed on anyways.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Ranndino, your posts are spot-on. I can vouch for mishandling pucks from injury. I had a bruised pinky -- PINKY! -- for 1 game this season and I couldn't handle the puck to save my life. A thumb injury would render me even more useless (if that's even possible), so for a professional to still be able to rocket the puck with that injury is a testament to his mental and physical toughness.

The fact that players on other teams are also injured is not a strong argument, as different injuries affect players in different ways. A thumb injury to a sniper is more debilitating than an ankle injury to a 6th defenseman.

Posted by: paperboy76 | May 15, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Kozzy is a pretty skater, too. Backstrom, while one of my favorite players, is an ugly (effective) skater.

Posted by: thiazzi | May 15, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

RANTDINO:

since you know EVERYTHING, how about coming up with something better than whining about injuries, JT and officiating for why the Caps are out!!!! you have basically done that all season, mr. statistics guru.

seriously man, your anaylsis is total BS!!! dont change a thing, correct?? that is total BS and i think there are more people on this blog that think change is needed than your completely MORONIC talk about how perfect the Caps currently are. seriously man, WTF makes you such an expert?? where is your blog??? are you a professional writer?? shut your chump mouth, you whiny punk. your opinions are about as valid as anybody else here (including trolls who are more on spot than you).

you are a D-bag and I for one get sick of you self-inflated superiority complex. by the way, how tall are you, about 5'2"??? napoleon complex, indeed!!!

Posted by: doughless | May 15, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

He is still 40 years old. I don't want him signed to anything more than 1 yr. The price really isn't THAT important for next year..however if he wanted to continue past next year (yikes...a 41 year old forward playing in the NHL nowadays??) then he will have to make practically nothing.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 15, 2009 1:39 PM

Chelios is 47 playing D. at $750K
Lemieux 43 RW at $500K
Roberts 42 LW at $1.25M
Recchi 41 RW at $1.25M
Shanahan 40 LW at $800K
Numminen 40 D at $1.1M
Richardson 40 D at $500K
Roenick 39 C at $1.1M
Sakic 39 D at $6M
Lidstrom 39 D at $7.45M
Blake 39 D at $5M

I put the D guys in there because Feds can play D

Posted by: Greg S. | May 15, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

the guy will def take less. He's made his name. he's just playing for retirement spending cash now. This will be his play money. He's a classy guy and understands what they are trying to do.

Posted by: CapsFan44 | May 15, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Doughless, calm down. You're quite killing the nice vibe we've got going on today.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Sakic is a center.

Posted by: thiazzi | May 15, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Kozzy is a pretty skater, too. Backstrom, while one of my favorite players, is an ugly (effective) skater.

Speakign of Kozzie and his pretty skating skills, how is it that Ovie is, without a doubt, the uglist Russian skater ever? he doesn't so much as skate as gallop down the ice at full speed like a bull.

beckstrom looks very plodding on the ice, but you're right, he's decepticely effective.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

from a previous thread:

@Randinno
You always speak of authority and conclude that anyone who disagrees must be brainless or has not played the game. Just to set you straight, I played division I in Europe for 7 years and coached for 5 more.
So, I will repeat myself... and will do it slowly so it can penetrate your large egotistical skull... Semin could shoot hard but not accurately thus, his thumb was not a major problem. It's a cope out and I called it for what it is. It has happened before during the season ("the upper body injury")and Boudreau referred to Semin in front of me and a group of a few others as "he hurt his Vag...na.
Now, please go playing world of warcraft.

Posted by: atybat | May 15, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

need i say more?? playing world of warcraft..... CLASSIC!!

Posted by: doughless | May 15, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

2 Million is still too much for Feds. He hasn't got it anymore. I say let's give a kid a chance. If he really wants to finish here and Ovie will throw a tantrum if Feds leave (which I highly doubt), I say offer him whatever Brash will be clearing up when he goes to the KHL. No one will take Nyls because BB has destroyed our chances of moving him (not saying it wasn't the right thing to do here). We need to clear up 4-5 Millions to get Kommisarek here and we will need another 5-6 Millions for two agresssive two-way players. The other things we may need will come from our Minor team.
Just my opinion...

Posted by: atybat | May 15, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

re-signing Feds would go a loooooong way towards plugging the 2nd line center hole we thoguht the Caps had when we woke up this morning!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

@ RedBirdie

said:

re-signing Feds would go a loooooong way towards plugging the 2nd line center hole we thoguht the Caps had when we woke up this morning!

Really? Because he wasn't there to plug it this year? Hardly makes any sense...

Posted by: atybat | May 15, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

RANTDINO and others can go on questioning my team loyalty because one dare question the make-up and system of the current team. Rantdino and others are fine with over-abundnace of finesse. i and perhaps some others feel there needs to be a balance of finesse with some more grit.

that said, the 2 teams in the Eastern Conference final are more a balance of the 2.

Posted by: doughless | May 15, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Sooo...playing games on the computer like World of Warcraft is somehow a put down?

Look, Semin is fragile, I think more mentally than physically, and despite his excellent ppg average I think it would be beneficial to move him next season.

Posted by: CapManJ | May 15, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

@RedBirdie,

Backstrom looks like he's carrying a barrel in front of him when he skates. It's pretty funny once you notice it. Still have a huge man-crush on him, though. So dreamy.

Posted by: thiazzi | May 15, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

2 Million is still too much for Feds. He hasn't got it anymore. I say let's give a kid a chance. If he really wants to finish here and Ovie will throw a tantrum if Feds leave (which I highly doubt), I say offer him whatever Brash will be clearing up when he goes to the KHL. No one will take Nyls because BB has destroyed our chances of moving him (not saying it wasn't the right thing to do here). We need to clear up 4-5 Millions to get Kommisarek here and we will need another 5-6 Millions for two agresssive two-way players. The other things we may need will come from our Minor team.
Just my opinion...

Posted by: atybat | May 15, 2009 2:39 PM


AGREE, but think we need an enforcer. worry about Lumberjack's concussion issues

Posted by: doughless | May 15, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

@CapJMan

To answer your question, I was referring to Randisho's analogy of warriors wielding swords...pretty funny and irrelevant... I have no opinion about people playing MMORPGs.

Posted by: atybat | May 15, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

folks dont forget last playoffs vs philly, semin was surprisingly physical. face it, he's a classic sports diva. maddeningly talented but enigmatic and perhaps not as willing to play through pain like others. then again, maybe he is hurt more than we think. either way, thats what you are going to get from the guy and you need to decide whether he is worth it or not. i believe he is, but time will tell.

fortunately any decision on semin doesnt have to be made this year. he's an RFA at the end of next year, so we have some options with him.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 15, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Love Feds, but don't see him as a 2nd line center anymore, and he isn't worth more than $1.5 - 2M a year. At 40, he has both a leadership role and one as a specialist on the power play. I noticed he wore down playing against a younger, bigger center as the series went on like Malkin.

For the Caps to take it to the next level, a younger, more physical, and dynamic playmaking center is needed on the second line (consider Backstrom the 1st line center at this point). Don't see Borque, Aucoin, or anyone else in the system filling that role.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 15, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Don't sleep on Aucoin.

Posted by: thiazzi | May 15, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

As one of the guys in my row said Wednesday while discussing Semin and his seemingly lack of consistent physical play: "Have you seen him in street clothes?![points to scrawny 12 year old girl a couple of rows ahead of us] She's probably weighs more than he does!"

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I think Aucoin, while very talented, just doesn't have the size to make it as a center in the big leagues. If he was a winger, maybe.

We basically just need someone who has tree-trunk legs who can just stand in the crease and make opposing goalies lives hell.

Posted by: CapManJ | May 15, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Feds, stay for one more year please!!!!

Posted by: MiaLeonaldo | May 15, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I like Feds and I'm glad he likes us. I say give him another year at the going rate. I think he has unfinished business to take care of here.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | May 15, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Versus mentioned the last game how Feds could drop back on D and easily be up there with Lidstrom, Green and Chara at the end of the year. Interesting statement (not sure how true that is) but it's worth considering. The few times he's been on the back line for us he's had some amazing outlet passes.

Posted by: cappies | May 15, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

maybe a few years ago he could have been an elite D man, but not anymore, I think.

That he was not only an elite forward, but could and did play respectable D, and at 39 can still play either position, is just mindblowing. Ovie will surpass him as the best Russian to play in the NHL, but his talent is simply unbelievable.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

sign feds lol what for another $4million
babysitter.....so of the other golden agers like chelios shanny blake lemieux had some playoff grit....federov is silky and that wont help as playoffs roll around....who's next Sundin

Posted by: wendel2 | May 15, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

OK Federov isn't the player he once was - aka one of the best players in the world [along with Forsberg] - but he's still a great player. By all means bring him back.

@Greg, or whomever posted above - Sakic is a center, same age as Federov - and Feds is a much more complete player, IMO. Sakic a great guy but accomplished little without Forsberg to take the heat.

Posted by: govtimbo | May 15, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

since you know EVERYTHING, how about coming up with something better than whining about injuries, JT and officiating for why the Caps are out!!!! you have basically done that all season, mr. statistics guru.
seriously man, your anaylsis is total BS!!! dont change a thing, correct?? that is total BS and i think there are more people on this blog that think change is needed than your completely MORONIC talk about how perfect the Caps currently are. seriously man, WTF makes you such an expert?? where is your blog??? are you a professional writer?? shut your chump mouth, you whiny punk. your opinions are about as valid as anybody else here (including trolls who are more on spot than you).
you are a D-bag and I for one get sick of you self-inflated superiority complex. by the way, how tall are you, about 5'2"??? napoleon complex, indeed!!!
Posted by: doughless | May 15, 2009 2:26 PM |

I reported your @ss nutless.
This from u - the guy who wants classy...more like lassie.
Apparently u r the only 1 who is allowed to be a net bully. More like net P# ssy.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 15, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

RANTDINO:

since you know EVERYTHING, how about coming up with something better than whining about injuries, JT and officiating for why the Caps are out!!!! you have basically done that all season, mr. statistics guru.

seriously man, your anaylsis is total BS!!! dont change a thing, correct?? that is total BS and i think there are more people on this blog that think change is needed than your completely MORONIC talk about how perfect the Caps currently are. seriously man, WTF makes you such an expert?? where is your blog??? are you a professional writer?? shut your chump mouth, you whiny punk. your opinions are about as valid as anybody else here (including trolls who are more on spot than you).

you are a D-bag and I for one get sick of you self-inflated superiority complex. by the way, how tall are you, about 5'2"??? napoleon complex, indeed!!!

Posted by: doughless | May 15, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse


ROFLMAO! excellent!

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 15, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

By all means, keep Feds if possible. A player of his ability and experience could fill many rolls as needed. Price tag? From what has been said, I am confident a mutually acceptable deal could be reached. For those who scream for youth, I am sure that they will be up here when they are ready. Trust those that know whether that is the case just yet. We see glimpses of them and see the stats from Hershey, but those goals and assists come a little easier down there...a little misleading. In time.

Posted by: gonchpup | May 15, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

i thought feds came off as a leader. he seemed to have a real positive influence on semin (looking in from the outside) and ovie seems to respect him. i haven't seen reporting about him talking to #19 but it can't hurt to have a stanley cup winning player to talk to.

Posted by: am_jim | May 15, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

hello my name is jason i'm actually from detroit. my favorite player since this man steped onto the joe louis arena ice has and will always be sergei fedorov. whatever team he is on will be the team i pull for. i watch every capitals game on the center ice package. let me tell you sergei fedorov is still one of the best 2 way players in the nhl. he is a great plus to the capitals on and off the ice. having sergei fedorov on the capitals is the capitals gain and the red wings, ducks, and blue jackets loss. any one that says he neads to retire is a fool and if they dont want him on the caps i would take him back on the red wings any day of the weak. with that said i hope he is still a cap next year because with the russian core of players you have to suport sergei i think this is the place he would have the best chance to win a cup.

Posted by: sonofdetroit91 | May 16, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Not only do I want to see Feds back; he needs a "C" on his caps sweater.

Posted by: noletide13 | May 17, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

4Mil is certainly a lot of doe. But he played great. In the playoffs I thought he played better than Backstrom. He charged the net more and was generally more active, despite his geriatric diet. Protein shakes with prunes and lots of fiber. Seriously, after Varlimov and Ovie, he played right up there with the best of the rest.

Nylander had his best two years prior to coming to D.C. and playing the last two. He's 36 and I'm wondering if he played in the playoffs. But Fedorov and Kozlov (34) have been solid veterans. Without them I doubt D.C.'s youngsters would even be a playoff team. The team is packed with young talented guys who may falter under the spot light.

The defense as a whole needs a lot of improvement. With young fresh legs they shouldn't ever look tired. Green left me thinking of a leadoff hitter who's been allowed to swing for the fences. The stats are cool but, what about when we need a bunt to start a rally? I almost want them to move him to a wing and get the eventual over with.

Backstrom conflicts me. He had stats during the regular season nearly as good as Crosby. And Crosby the Untouchable can waltz right up and start dancing like M.C. Hammer. I believe Varlimov had more penalties than Crosby. How many of our penalties were called in defense of the Kid? But I'd like Backstrom and Northern Exposure to step up and lead the point.

Posted by: chavez66 | May 18, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

i find it ironic that some of the worst offenders when it comes to dishing out insults are so sensitive when someone responds to their insults.


Posted by: doughless | May 18, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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