Red Wings' Fedorov Still in Russia
Nov. 01, 1997
MOSCOW (AP) _ Detroit Red Wings' holdout Sergei Fedorov practiced Friday with his old Russian club CSKA, whose coach said he wants the star center to spend the season in Moscow.
Fedorov, the 1993-94 regular-season MVP and the Red Wings' leading playoff scorer last season, declined comment to reporters. He reportedly is seeking about dlrs 6 million a season from the Red Wings, who have the league's best record even without him.
The 27-year-old Fedorov is unlikely to get anything remotely near that in Russia, where top players all leave for better pay. CSKA _ the former Soviet Red Army _ is only a shadow of the dominant club he once played with.
Still, CSKA coach Alexander Voichkov insisted he wants to negotiate with Detroit and ask them to release Fedorov to play for his team this season.
In the meantime, Fedorov is unlikely to suit up with CSKA for a game, based on a precedent set two years ago when Russian star Alexei Yashin played several games for the team during a contract dispute with the Ottawa Senators.
Yashin was suspended by the International Ice Hockey Federation, CSKA was barred from all international games for eight months, and Russian officials were warned that a further violation would be dealt with ``very severely.''
In addition, the National Hockey League suspended its lucrative payments to Russian hockey for the players it drafts.
Fedorov had eight goals and 12 assists in the playoffs in helping the Red Wings capture the Stanley Cup championship. The Red Wings reportedly have offered him dlrs 4.5 million a year. There have been conflicting reports on whether he has demanded to be traded.