Fedorov Leaving for Russia

After 19 seasons in the NHL, Sergei Fedorov appears to be calling it quits and heading back home to play in Russia. Several reports out of Russia claim that Fedorov has signed a two year contract at $3.8 million per season.

Magnitogorsk of the KHL announced on its website that they have signed Federov. Sergei, 39, will be reunited with his younger brother, Fedor. Both players signed two year contracts with Magnitogorsk.

Fedorov was originally selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the fourth round of the 1989 NHL Draft. He spent his first 13 seasons in the NHL with the Red Wings, winning three Stanley Cups and the Hart Trophy as league MVP in 1994.

Fedorov left the Red Wings as a free agent following the 2002-03 season, signing a contract with the Anaheim Ducks. His stint lasted only one season and five games before being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 17, 2005.

He would spend two and a half seasons in Columbus before being traded once again; this time to the Washington Capitals on February 26, 2008. Fedorov helped the Capitals win the Southeast Division title in 2008 and their first playoff berth since 2001. Fedorov returned to Washington for one more season in 2008-09, helping the Capitals to yet another division title.

Speculation was high over the past month with several reports out of Russia claiming that Fedorov was heading back home. Fedorov and his agent continually denied those reports, claiming that he wanted to stay in Washington.

With his NHL career appearing to be over, Fedorov leaves the NHL with having recorded 483 goals and 696 assists for 1,179 points in 1,248 games. In 183 career playoff games, Fedorov posted 52 goals and 124 assists for 176 points.


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