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(Late) Morning Reading List: Fedorov to KHL?


(John McDonnell -- The Washington Post)


As Tarik wrote earlier this morning, Caps forward Sergei Fedorov has been offered a two-year deal from Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL and is waiting for a counteroffer from Washington. The contract is reportedly for $3.8 million per season over two seasons.

Update: NHL FanHouse has a fantastic Fedorov commercial compilation. Check it out.


Bears One Step Closer to Calder Cup

The Caps' AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, are back in the Calder Cup finals for the third time in four seasons after finishing off the Providence Bruins in five games last night. (The Patriot-News)

The Bears will travel to Winnipeg to take on the Manitoba Moose in Game 1 on Saturday. The Moose beat the Houston Aeros in six games to advance to their first final in franchise history. (Winnipeg Sun)


Around the NHL

The NHL fined Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville $10,000 for his criticism of the refs -- specifically, his remarks that "I think we witnessed probably the worst call in the history of sports there" -- in Chicago's 6-1 loss Sunday to the Red Wings. (AP)

Playoff experience is paying off for the young Pittsburgh Penguins as they look to head to their second straight Stanley Cup final. (TSN)

ESPN's Pierre Lebrun has transportation issues in Chicago. Best thing I've read all day. (ESPN)

Things aren't looking so good for prospective Phoenix Coyotes owner Jim Balsillie -- he's been frozen out of the mediation talks. (The Hockey News)

[Morning Reading List will be back, earlier and improved, tomorrow.]

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 26, 2009; 11:18 AM ET
 
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Bears Wooo!

Posted by: uncatim | May 26, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

2 mil tops for feds

Posted by: Andoy | May 26, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

is carlson still playing for bears? i didnt see his name on the roster in last game?

Posted by: Andoy | May 26, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for your service to our cause, Feds, but he isn't getting 2 years from us. Also probably not getting 4 million again, either.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | May 26, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm tempted to road trip up to Hershey.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 26, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@Andoy:
Carlson was a healthy scratch for one game, I think it was game 3 on Friday. But otherwise, yea, he's been playing and is very good, especially considering he jumped in straight out of juniors.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 26, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

It's pretty simple.

If Feds wants to win a Stanley Cup again, he should sign with the Penguins.

If he wants to choke again in the playoffs, he should sign with the Crapitals. GAK!!!

Posted by: puckheaded1 | May 26, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

puckheaded, isn't there a 'Canes blog you could go troll? Or just skip right to the Wings' blogs, but I think you'll find that they're not nearly as nice as us. Chief has quite the (hilarious anti-Penguins) vicious streak.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 26, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

@puckheaded1

Hossa left Pittsburgh because he though the fan base was as dumb as they come.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 26, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Hey Guys! Check it! Finally, some AHL hightlight reels!! It sure took them long enough to figure something out...

http://ahllive.com/

Posted by: johnzilla | May 26, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

@puckheaded1

Wow, that was intelligent.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | May 26, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

You can't counter-offer against $3.8 mil per year for two years in the KHL. At his age, and in a salary-capped league, that's just not manageable.

Best to just thank him for his time here, and let him move on. He's a good guy, who still has some skill .... and at $1.8/year you could have a discussion .... but not at $3.8/year.

Posted by: PensFan98 | May 26, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

@puckheaded1

Hossa left Pittsburgh because he though the fan base was as dumb as they come.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 26, 2009 11:40 AM |

Well...he left for many other reasons too..

Posted by: richmondphil | May 26, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Also, wouldn't a 3.8, 2 year deal mean around 1.9 per year? I agree the length is questionable for the us, but I assume we could muster slightly more than 1.9 for a year. If he's looking long term, then I guess KHL would be a better route...

Posted by: johnzilla | May 26, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

some stuff from Jame Mirtle's blog:

As has been reported elsewhere tonight, he says that Sergei Fedorov "could" sign a two-year deal for $3.8-million a season with Magnitogorsk in order to play with his brother, Fedor, in the KHL and at the 2010 Olympics (assuming Fedor could make the team, I suppose). Sergei is set to land in Russia on June 5 to enter discussions with the team, but my guess is he'll wait and see what sort of offer he gets from the Capitals.


According to Russian media reports, Alexei Kovalev has been offered a one-year, $6-million by the Canadiens and could be the team's captain next season. Both he and Saku Koivu are unrestricted free agents so this is possible and $6-million would be a raise from the $4.5-million a season deal he was playing on.

Rangers forward Nik Zherdev, a restricted free agent, has turned down an offer from KHL club Salavat Yulayev Ufa and wants to play in New York next season.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 26, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

@RedBirdie
You should make the trip to Hershey. Our home games this series are on Sat/Sun (June 6&7) so it would make a nice weekend trip. The amusement park is open now for the summer so there's lots to do in-between games.
:) Sorry...that came off sounding like a HersheyPark commercial or something.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 26, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Also, wouldn't a 3.8, 2 year deal mean around 1.9 per year? I agree the length is questionable for the us, but I assume we could muster slightly more than 1.9 for a year. If he's looking long term, then I guess KHL would be a better route...

Posted by: johnzilla | May 26, 2009 11:44 AM |

it's 3.8 per year.

I don't really care what price we give him, as long as it's only 1 year.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 26, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

@johnzilla

His offer is actually reported to be $3.8 Millions per year.... Quite a ridiculous amount for a close to retirement player.

Posted by: atybat | May 26, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Rangers forward Nik Zherdev, a restricted free agent, has turned down an offer from KHL club Salavat Yulayev Ufa and wants to play in New York next season.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 26, 2009 11:44 AM |

oof, Z. request a trade. I guess it's a little bit better than Columbus.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 26, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

no worries, Tess! I sell DC like I work for the tourism board! After this seaosn in DC, I feel like I know the entire Bears roster. (and cannot explain my fascination with Sloan, but I'd love to see him play again)

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 26, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

@johnzilla:
The offer is 2 years at 3.8 per year.

And the ahl has had highlights available on ahllive all year. Where have you been?

Posted by: tess2201 | May 26, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Someone is not aware of how much old NHL guys make there. Take a look at how much Yashin makes...

It's not like it matters anyway. Feds will sign the KHL contract, then there will be another reddraft and Feds will make about half that much. At least Mettallurg is a somewhat more stable club.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 26, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

In conclusion, since he will never get his full 7.6 mil over there, he should just sign to us for about half that.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 26, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

From Steinberg's chat: Although you have to bear in mind that Ovechkin is a lot more generous with his time to reporters he knows well (Tarik) and reporters he'd like to know well (female TV anchors). Me, not so much.

this is where we really need those smiley faces that laugh.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 26, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Go Moose. I'd normally be for the Bears but not against Manitoba.

Posted by: Stu_c | May 26, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I've been not watching the ahl live all year... apparently - well, a treat for me, at least.

Posted by: johnzilla | May 26, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

RDS reports Viktor Kozlov (WSH) signs undisclosed contract with Salavat (KHL)

Posted by: HemmedUp | May 26, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Viktor Kozlov retourne chez lui
Mardi 26 mai 2009
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Viktor Kozlov (Photo Getty) L’attaquant des Capitals de Washington Viktor Kozlov retourne jouer dans son pays.

Kozlov, qui aurait pu devenir joueur autonome le premier juillet prochain, a signé un contrat avec l’équipe Salavat dans la Ligue continentale de Russie.

Les termes de l’entente n’ont pas été dévoilés.

En 897 matchs en carrière dans la LNH, Kozlov a inscrit 198 buts et 339 passes. Il a aussi porté les couleurs des Islanders, des Devils, des Panthers et des Sharks.

L'an dernier avec les Capitals, le gros attaquant de 6'4'' et 232 livres a marqué 13 buts et amassé 28 passes en 67 rencontres. En 14 matchs éliminatoires, il a obtenu six points dont quatre buts.

Posted by: HemmedUp | May 26, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

While I love that Fedorov and Kozlov are here, I can't see re-signing them at the rates they're likely to want for the next year. For all of Fed's experience in playoffs, I didn't really see the calming effect - or maybe it was too calming - in the playoffs. I am not willing to go so far as to say that we lost because of him. That was a group effort.

This does give us some cap room to play with. We need a crashing forward, and a shut-down D-man.

Posted by: Greg S. | May 26, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: tess2201 | May 26, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Can't remember who suggest it but at this point IMO it is not a good idea to wrap Neuvirth up in ANY deal. We need to keep him around because he MIGHT be the future goaltender of the Caps. I love what Varly brings to the table and shows all the signs of what the Caps need in net for years, but it is still too early to tell. Some have mentioned the Jim Carey situation and I have to agree. Ace looked great, even snagged a Vezina, then he got injured and his NHL career was ended as quickly as it started. Meanwhile the Caps were smart and held onto another young goaltending prospect that we all know so well, Olaf Kolzig. Just think if the Caps would have traded Olie away because Jim Carey after 1 1/2 seasons looked like the goaltender of the future?

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 26, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Sources are reporting that stance on goalie interference will be a litmus test for SOTUS nominee.

Posted by: uncatim | May 26, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1,
Carey's attitude and laziness ultimately doomed him. He was cocky, didn't practiced hard, and aloof. I think Varly has more ambition, maturity and humbleness that Carey.

Posted by: Andoy | May 26, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

How about Kessel as a Kozlov replacement?

Posted by: Greg S. | May 26, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Andoy: That is obviously your opinion. I never heard reports of that as his game fell apart. Playing 71 games in one season hardly looks like a lazy player with a bad attitude. The only facts are that Kolzig was not dealt just because Carey looked like the answer. I am sure it was discussed behind closed doors, and if Carey would have put together another good season after his Vezina year Kolzig might have been dealt for some fire power. However, Carey fell apart before any deals were done and Kolzig because the fanchises backstop. Don't forget there are some knocking Varly's ability to go 60+ games without tiring or experiencing injuries. He's an exciting young goaltender but I'd rather not see us trade someone like Neuvy away just yet.

Goaltenders are like pitchers, if you have good ones you need to take sufficient time to figure out which ones you're going to ride and then once you've figured that out get what you can for the one you've decided to ship out before the reasons you are dealing them are exposed to potential suitors.

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

@HemmedUp: Not everyone here reads French. :P

He's right, though - it claims a deal with Salavat of the KHL, terms undisclosed. The rest of the French talks about his NHL career and numbers.

Some of the team is going to change, guys, although I don't think you'll see a core change. It's about the salary cap, and with Semin and Backstrom looming on the horizon to be resigned next year, McPhee has some tough choices to make.

Also, folks talk about what we need from free agency. The idea that we're going to be able to afford the entire wish list from free agency is a fantasy, folks. We'll probably get one, maybe two. Anything aside from that will come from Hershey. It has to.

I'd look at what we don't have any of in the system to figure out what McPhee will look for in free agency. I wouldn't put it past McPhee to gamble on Aucoin. I also wouldn't be surprised to see Chris Bourque in a red sweater next year. (That would make me happy.) I don't expect him to trade for many forwards - we've got a bumper crop of super-talented forwards in Hershey, and some of them might be involved in a trade come draft day. Goal is also reasonably well-handled in Hershey; the only question is who is Varly's backup. D is where I'd look for a splash.

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

Swedish media reporting that Nylander has signed with Kiev in the KHL.

Ok, just kidding. Just wanted to make sure everyone is awake.

Losing Kozlov and/or Fedorov is not great, but you can't keep everyone with the cap. Give Aucoin and Bourque a chance next year. We do still need a legit RW for the 1st line. I would love to see Clark return to the form he had the first year, but I suspect the injuries are just too much for him to ever run with OV again.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | May 26, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

TSN also reports Kozlov to Russia.

Posted by: Grape8 | May 26, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Feds will not get more than 2 mil a year here. Kozlov is expendable.

Again, I point out the sad state of Flightless Water Fowl affairs when they are still posting on a Caps blog. Insecurity or something?

Posted by: Leeguru | May 26, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

@Leeguru: It's merely a way for them to pass time before their shift at the local drive-thru and/or the grocery store standing on their feet asking if you want paper or plastic. *shrug*

Like the rest of you, I'm kinda' curious to see who gets promoted to the Capitals next year from the Bears. GOO, Bears! =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 26, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

We should thank Koz and Feds and wish them well in the KHL.

Can they take ShaMo and Schultz with them?

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | May 26, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Feds, stay in NHL please!

Posted by: MiaLeonaldo | May 27, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

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