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Russian Reports: Fedorov Signs With Magnitogorsk (Updated)

According to three reports out of Russia this morning, Sergei Fedorov's NHL career is officially over. The 39-year-old ended more than a month of speculation about his future and has reportedly signed a two-year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL.

Here's one of the reports. Here is further confirmation and a third article.

The deal is reportedly for two years at $3.8 million per season.

Update: Magnitogorsk has also announced the signing on their Web site.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 25, 2009; 7:59 AM ET
 
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Gonna miss the leadership but not the salary. Feds always rubbed me the wrong way but ways a heck of a hockey player. Let the discussion start on who the 2nd line center will be?

Posted by: whsqb10 | June 25, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

:o(

Posted by: holliden | June 25, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Nooo, I will miss him :(

Posted by: 34jipsdgsdg | June 25, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I love you Fedorov. I wanted you to stay, why did you do this to me?

=(

Posted by: 34jipsdgsdg | June 25, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Well, that's kind of crappy news to start my morning. Even though I knew it was pretty much inevitable, I was hoping some kind of deal would work out to keep him here. Oh well...

Posted by: tess2201 | June 25, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

We dont chase em...we replace em...

Go get a #2 Center...We want the cup...

Posted by: SA-Town | June 25, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Now we need two more russians.

Posted by: mattbuckley80 | June 25, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I believe that for this team to move forward this is the best thing to happen. He WAS a great player in his day, but that was a few years ago. Can't afford him for just the locker room/leadership that he gives.

Thanks for what you did while you were in a CAPS uni......hope he does well in the KHL!!! Hope the checks don't bounce from the KHL.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | June 25, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed too, in some ways, but think about it for a minute. Can the Caps afford $3.8 million for 2 years, with the need to resign Semin and Backstrom in the wings? Should they spend that much for a man who probably won't manage more than 60 games or 15 minutes a night? We have the versatility and ability to play any position except goal in Brooks Laich - granted, he's still learning defense, but he can do it.

I'm sorry to see him go, but I think this is the right thing for him and the Caps - that extra $4M gives us some room to wiggle at the draft and at free agency.

Speaking of the draft ... I could be fantasizing here, but wonder if the Pens might be interested in pick #24 instead of #30? Rumor has it they might not have the cap room to resign Rob Scuderi ....

Posted by: kittypawz | June 25, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: RichC3 | June 25, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm a little sad, but I echo the sentiments of Kittypawz. If the Caps gave him the same (or a similar) deal as he got in Russia, I'd be more upset about it.

Right now we have $6 million - plus Brash and ShaMo's salary if they arent resigned. *Fingers crossed* that Mo isn't.

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | June 25, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

So long Feds and thanks for the leadership and helping the Caps beat the Rags.

Posted by: Liebercreep | June 25, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

@ShariLeigh: Thanks for that. Although, we don't have Kozlov's salary. Remember that Pothier was on LTIR for most of last year, and we were allowed to exceed the cap by his salary. This year, he's healthy and will in all likelihood suit up for us. His cap hit is the same as Kozlov's, so Kozlov leaving just makes room for Pothier.

Some quick back-of-the-envelope calculations ... It doesn't sound like Brash is going to re-sign, and I will be stunned and thoroughly annoyed if ShaMo is re-signed. Resigning none of those players leaves us with 7.1 (4 + 1.9 + 1.2). Figure on Alzner coming up, so subtract 1.7 from that, and that leaves 5.4. Varlamov's cap hit is .82, balanced out by Johnson's .81, so if the goaltending goes as expected, that leaves 5.3. I'd be surprised if McPhee spends all of that, let alone on one player. Leaving room for injury call-ups and what not, I doubt McPhee will want to spend more than 4.0.

Posted by: kittypawz | June 25, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I would have loved to have seen him stick around for one year, 2 million, but I can't begrudge him for going back to Russia for basically twice that.

Best of luck Feds. Class act.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | June 25, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Bye Feds :0(

Posted by: whiteltng | June 25, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

What would it take to get Marc Savard now that he apparently is on the block? 1 year @ $5million left. Would be great centering Semin.

Posted by: ThePat | June 25, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

is there anyone on our current roster who has won a cup? i think he helped Semin more than anyone can really imagine. good luck Feds.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | June 25, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Now that I'm done crying under my desk like a little b!tch this morning... I'm going to agree with mattbuckley80. Can we please at least have 2 more awesome Russians?

Best wishes to you Feds. The images of game 7 beating the Rags will always be burned into my mind.

Posted by: JG-CapsFan | June 25, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

we are going to miss fedorov considerably, not just for his abilities on ice but for his mentoring of the younger players in need of guidance. it was utter stupidity not to have resigned him here in dc. :(

Posted by: spinner-33 | June 25, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Best wishes to Federov in Russia. =/ Like everyone, what he pulled for us against the Rangers was inspiring and jaw-dropping. So we've got Federov and Kozlov definitely gone. Brashear, quite possibly on his way out, though I'd want him back to see this upcoming season through. I have this feeling about the new season. Brash may want to stick around. *crosses fingers*

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | June 25, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, is mngt finding out about signings (Kozlov, Fed) through the paper, or are the agents/players informing them when they sign? How does this process work? How should it work? Anything to it?

Posted by: oo7 | June 25, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

everyone go vote for Ovie to win some espy's. he is up for hockey player of the year (that tool crosby won it last year) and also play of the year (going through the whole rangers team to score in the playoffs)

Posted by: _stevo | June 25, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Sergei Fedorov was my all time player as i was growing up. Im sooooooooooooooooo sad and mad at the same time. Now my 3 favorite players of all time when i was growing up are gone. Fedorov, bure, bondra. We should of kept him. We were fortunete to have a player of his caliber and i said when he leaves us, i will charrish every game he played for us. I got to meet him at autograph session. Im going to watch nhl draft, im going to slowllllly get over this.

Posted by: samrosen8 | June 25, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Oh and we need 2 more russians, i want my 5 russians!

Posted by: samrosen8 | June 25, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Most amusing translation of the press release on Magnitogorsk's website (473 washers - HA!):

***Magnitogorsk " [Metallurg]" signed two-year-old contract with the ex-forward of " [Vashingtona]" By Sergey Fedorov. Sergey Fedorov - was born in Pskov on December 13, 1969 Central attacking. It is selected on the glass rod of 1989 with the command of " Detroit [Red] Of [uingz]" under the total 74 number. Triple champion of peace and the triple possessor of the Stanley Cup, the silver and bronze prize-winner of the Olympic Games. Master of sport (1990, taken into 1990 after flight), (1998). Sergey Fedorov - first of the Russians, honored the highest personal reward [NKHL] " Hart [Trofi]" in 1994. Term of the famous of " by the Russian of [pyaterki]" , created by the head coach of " Detroit red Of [uingz]" To [skotti] [Boumenom] in 1996. First Russian, who collected 1000 points for the career in the regular championships [NKHL]. 1000- y mark Fedorov earned on February 14, 2004 in the composition of " Anaheim To [mayti] [Daks]" , for the 23rd minute after returning the [golevuyu] transfer of Keith [Karni]. By month later than his 1000- e point earned Alexander [Mogilnyy]. On November 30, 2005 Fedorov played 1000- yu game in the regular championships [NKHL], fixture of altogether only by 13th European, who reached this boundary. On October 26, 2008 Sergey Fedorov became the most successful Russian in the history of regular championships [NKHL], after beating the sniper record of Alexander [Mogilny] (473 washers) - in the encounter against " [Dallasa]" it threw its 474- yu and 475- yu of washer. In all in [NKHL] it played: In the regular season - 1248 matches, 483 goals, 696 transfers, 839 minutes of the penalty In the play off - 197 matches, 53 goals, 131 transfer, 145 minutes of the penalty.***

Vashingtona makes me think of Transylvania. Anyway, we never could have matched that $$ and still do what we needed to do here, so while I really hate to see him go ( are you sure you can't stay for south of $2M?), good for him for landing such a great deal. Best of luck and thanks for the memories, Feds!

Posted by: Boo- | June 25, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

***sigh***

Posted by: CapsChick | June 25, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Greg S. | June 25, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Love Feds, but not at 3.8 M per. How about we trade theo, Nylander, and a few of the kids on the farm to Ottawa for Danny Heatly. I think the contracts would match up, and Ottawa could use a goalie.

Posted by: SeattleRob | June 25, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Espn's EJ Hradek is reporting the league is interested in a Rangers-Caps 2011 outdoor matchup in Yankees Stadium. Also, the 2010 Outdoor event could be a doubleheader.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4285815&name=hradek_ej&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines

Posted by: Max231 | June 25, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Ottawa has Leclaire in net, they don't need Theo. If we move Theo it might be back to Colorado, otherwise I think he is staying here.

Posted by: ThePat | June 25, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Mixed feelings about losing Feds. But the reality is we just can't afford it. We need a veteran in the locker room, but not at 3 million a year. Who's out there that's inexpensive and a good locker room guy? Anyone want to make a suggestion?

I hope they can unload Nylander(maybe trade him and a pick/prospect for Savard)and/or Theodore (St Louis needs a capable number 1, which I think Theodore probably still is). And maybe we could sign Antropov. that solves the number 2 center issue and creates cap room for injuries and call ups.

I am rambling and dreaming. But so what?

Posted by: jmurray019 | June 25, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Bye Feds - thanks for the class & taking care of the Russian kidz.
Oh & thanks for sending us to the 2nd round this year!!
& helping us secure our return to a playoff series last year!

Sorry we couldn't afford u anymore.

Posted by: Rocc00 | June 25, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

nd maybe we could sign Antropov. that solves the number 2 center issue and creates cap room for injuries and call ups.
Posted by: jmurray019 | June 25, 2009 11:16 AM |

Would luv to see Antropov but he wants 4-5 M per for 4+ years.

Not worth it for a guy the Rags fans think take nights off.

Posted by: Rocc00 | June 25, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Such a BAD BUZZ. All you guys fixed on the ocst, forget it. We have just had one of the greastest players in league history play for the caps and now it over. BAD BUZZ, MISS HIM ALREADY

Posted by: bqts | June 25, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Sergei. *sniff* Don't forget to watch the replay of Game 7 vs the Rangers on CSN tonight at 7. I am sure I won't cry at ALL when watching Sergei score that amazing game winner.

Posted by: amberlynne | June 25, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@amberlynne

Yes, that goal is top 5 All-time in franchise history. I still get excited thinking about it. Glad he played for us. But when he resigned after last year...that was huge for the franchise! No one of his caliber had ever voluntarily signed with the Caps before that. For him to want to stay, and try to work things out with the team this year speaks volumes in the hockey world. Guys want to play here now! I never thought I'd see the day...

Posted by: jmurray019 | June 25, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

A good year and a half run with us from the future Hall of Famer. Bye Feds, Hello younger, healthier 2nd line center.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 25, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

He wasn't worth what he got in Russia. End of story.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | June 25, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Savard > backstrom.

Honestly at this point. Chemistry aside, if we went after Savard I would want him playing with Oveckin.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 25, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Let me 'splain - no, there is too much. Let me sum up - wedding is in leetle ... wait.

Dany Heatley is not what this team needs. We don't need more scoring. We need a second-line pivot, a crease-crasher, and a tough, crease-clearing defenseman. Get them through trades, free agency, Hershey, whatever, but we need them.

Moving Theodore - do you really want to do that when Varlamov hasn't yet played a full season and his conditioning is still a question mark? Johnson is known to have injury problems. Neuvirth isn't ready for prime-time yet - give him another year in Hershey and he will be, but a rookie/rookie tandem on a team with Cup aspiration? No thanks. No, we keep Theodore another year and make sure Varly is fresh for the playoffs.

Moving Nylander is a fantasy. Forget it. He's here to stay, like it or not, and that's how he wants it. He'll stay because he's settled down here with a boatload of kids and a stable life. And if he wants to stay, you're not moving him.

Also, are you seriously considering trading one of our young goalies? That is absolutely foolhardy this offseason. We don't know if Varly will hold up against a full season. We don't know if Holtby will be able to play at either the AHL or NHL levels yet. Next season, if all goes as we hope, yes, we could afford to trade a goalie prospect. This season, no, not yet.

I have a better idea, if you guys have to hit up free agency. How about Rob Scuderi? You want a guy who's won a Cup? Merry Christmas. You want a tough defender who will clear the crease and take the body? Merry Christmas. You want a reasonable cap hit? Yup, got that too. Pitt may not be able to afford to resign him, so how about offering Pitt that #24 pick for the rights to Scuderi?

Posted by: kittypawz | June 25, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm sad. I loved watching him play, especially when it wasn't against us. (Remember the Fedorov 5 - Caps 4 game in Detroit some time ago?) The KHL's English website confirms the signing: http://en.khl.ru/news/2009/6/25/13689.html

Posted by: nursebobbi1 | June 25, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Trading for Heatley would mean saying bye bye to at least one of, if not both of Backstrom and Fedorov. I do not want heatley for a 7.5 million cap hit for 6 years.

Also McPhee called out Heatley for demanding a trade publicly rather than handling it with the team. No chance he goes after him.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | June 25, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

crap..i meant Backstrom and Semin.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | June 25, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

@Kitty - I like Scuderi, and was lobbying for the Caps to pick him up at the trade deadline when the Pens were in 10th place before their coaching change, but he might end up commanding 3.5-4 million a season given the stanley cup playoff run FA bonus that a lot of GM's seem to throw around. Might end up being too expensive for us, and now that he's won a cup, my guess is maxing out his money is priority #1.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | June 25, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

You have made kittypaws roar with the continuous weird trade proposals. (I gave up explaining why we can't afford/don't need Heatley a long time ago.)

I think giving up our #1 for the rights to Scuderi would be dumb though. I don't think WSH offers him much incentive to want to sign here as opposed to hitting the open market. He will get a substantial raise anyway. As much as Scooby Doo sounds goods, I doubt he is coming here. Gotta be open to other FAs who didn't get the chance to shine in the playoffs.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 25, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Really, richmondphil? What do you see at #24 that would be of more benefit to us than a possible trade for something we need now? Free agents are expensive, and we don't have a lot of cap room to throw around. I just haven't seen anything in the draft prospects that grabs and shakes me and says GET ME NOW, and there's only so many times you can say "next year".

True on Scuderi commanding a lot of money. I liked him last year at the deadline, like SG, and I still like him now.

So, who would you get? First person to say "Dany Heatley" gets a zen-swirly.

Posted by: kittypawz | June 25, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Well, I would say probably only Tavares and Hedman are NHL-ready. I am not expecting to get someone from this draft that screams "get me now", but like I said anywhere you read considers it a pretty deep draft. Meaning, it is supposed to produce a high number of NHL'rs in the future.

Us being Cup ready doesn't mean we need to throw away our #1 in a considerably deep draft. How about throwing away the 2010 #1 at the deadline for more return?

Draft Nazem Kadri at #24, and go from there. :)


Posted by: richmondphil | June 25, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/107570-avery-parties-with-gq-model

gotta love avery getting mark sanchez's sloppy seconds....and this girl went to holy cross in kensington

Posted by: _stevo | June 25, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

@kittypawz, others

I disagree on needing a crease-crasher: our problem - even in the playoffs was not a lack of goals. And having watched the forecheck of the Penguins also defeat the Wings and Canes, perhaps our "problems" aren't all the great. No team can be perfect anymore because of the Cap. Thus, Detroit getting burned by miscues from their D.

Having said that, would very much like to see Feds come here to get a coaching gig. I wonder if guys like that ever get the offer.

Posted by: WritingLight | June 25, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

@ SombreroGuy:

I thought Brian Burke called Heatley out, not McPhee?

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | June 25, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

@WritingLight

You did watch the Rangers series right? Every single game we lost in that series was because our guys decided to shoot from outside the slot right into Lundy's chest.

I would agree that if any upgrade up front is needed, it is a net-crasher who can give and take physical damage. Kittypawz did even sort of said, we don't need more goals, we just need a grittier forward. Someone who picks up the rebounds and gets the dirty goals would not hurt us, and they can cheaper than the skill players usually.
Well, we also need a #2 center. I would like a fast one. If he can crash the net, then we kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

Focus is defense. But like I said, I think with the coaching change, and just a few tweaks with the players, they can pick up their game. We definetely do not need a Pronger or JayBo coming in here with their 7 mil+.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 25, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Phil, but I definitely think Backstrom is > Savard. Their numbers were basically even last year and Backstrom is going to be putting up 90-100 points a year going forward, whether he plays with Ovie or Semin.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | June 25, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

No doubt we need a gritty forward who will crash the crease ... we have for a long time. Clark used to do that (hence the reason he has been so banged up) and Brooks does it at times, but we don't have anyone who has consistently camped out in front of the net to pick up rebounds. That is something that Crosby actually does well, although I would not call him a gritty net crasher (he seems to hang out on the side of the net, more so than in front). But still - he is there to pick up rebounds and that's how he gets most of his goals.

We need a seasoned S@H guy, a gritty forward and a solid center. I would not look to the draft for any of that - we need those players now (hence the reason GMGM's strategy to just go after the best player, regardless of position, makes sense unless he can find someone to fill a key role NOW - I don't see that happening). Sooo ... FA here we come!

Posted by: Boo- | June 25, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

There are some big holes to fill on the lines - hopefully it will be an exciting 2 weeks!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | June 25, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

speaking of gritty forwards who crash the net... what does everyone think about Mike Knuble?

He is a big guy (6'3", 230) and is a pest... exactly what we could use.

Also gives us a little more depth at RW.

Thoughts?

Posted by: zloss126 | June 25, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Gotta move Nylander and Theo...someone always needs a sieve goalie and a crappy old center?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | June 25, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

FYI, George McPhee on Sportstalk 980 around the 3 o'clock hour.

Posted by: chasedano@gmail.com | June 25, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

THN commentary on the Caps from Ryan Dixon:

http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/26919-THNcom-Blog-Capitals-could-use-new-Prong-in-their-attack.html

Basically says we're stuck at the goalie slot with Theo, which most of us acknowledge. Defense is a different issue. He's pushing Pronger on us. I'd like to see some options to the 6.5M for Pronger like Komisarek who I think would be a lot cheaper than Prongs.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 25, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

For the love of Pete, no Pronger!

Posted by: Boo- | June 25, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Calm down, Boo! I didn't say we should get him. :)

Deeeeeeep breaths! IIINnnnnn and release the tensions....

Posted by: Greg S. | June 25, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Why would ppl push Macr Savard - he's another midget in the young Nylander mold.

Posted by: Rocc00 | June 25, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm a longtime Feds fan. He signed for a lot more than I'd want the Caps to pay him. Thanks 91, best luck to you.
Now, who's going to finish raising Semin?

Posted by: redlineblue | June 25, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Aren't the Capitals also keeping in mind that they will be resigning Backstrom and Semin next year, right? So that limits how much money they have to play with this Draft/Free Agency season, right?

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | June 25, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Love Feds, but not at 3.8 M per. How about we trade theo, Nylander, and a few of the kids on the farm to Ottawa for Danny Heatly. I think the contracts would match up, and Ottawa could use a goalie.

Posted by: SeattleRob | June 25, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse


That would be a huge mistake. We already have one player who is a better version of Dany Heatley. I love Ovechkin but he is a one way player. Heatley is the same thing just not as dominant. The Caps cannot have 2 players at that kind of salary doing the same things and not being complete two-way players. They need a way better blue line more than scoring.

Posted by: Killerangel81 | June 25, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

@zloss126

Mike Knuble! Great suggestion. He's one of those rare Flyers that I secretly long to see in a Caps uni. He's gritty, can score and plants himself infront of the goalie for those tap ins and deflections.

Most importantly, he is that pest, like you say, that we haven't had since Hunts retired. We had Cooke briefly last year, but defected to the Cup champs. We are sorely missing a get-in-your-face-take-you-off-your-game instigator.

Screw Antropov, trade for Knuble!

Posted by: jmurray019 | June 25, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I would love to have knuble. I think he would play well for us, and why do people hate on chris progner( how ever you spell it)? He would be perfect for our defense. Have him to replace shamo. Progner, poti, green, juice, erskine, and maybe mattias ohlund? I think that would be a great defense.

Posted by: samrosen8 | June 26, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Guys, here's a link to all avaialble free agents -

http://www.sportscity.com/nhl/2009-nhl-unrestricted-free-agents-by-position/

Now that everyone can see it, who should we get and why?

Posted by: floms | June 26, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

List of all 2009 free agents by salary and position-

http://www.sportscity.com/nhl/2009-nhl-unrestricted-free-agents-by-position/

Now who should teh caps try to get?

Posted by: floms | June 26, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

List of all 2009 free agents by salary and position-

http://www.sportscity.com/nhl/2009-nhl-unrestricted-free-agents-by-position/

Now who should teh caps try to get?

Posted by: floms | June 26, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

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