After defecting from his country of birth back in 1990, looks like Caps' locker room leader and certain future Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov is returning to Russia to finish his career in the KHL. According to Tarik El-Bashir, Feds has signed a 2-year contract for $3.8 million per season, numbers he would probably not see again in the NHL due to his age. I know the younger guys in the Caps' dressing room, along with thousands of Caps fans, will be sorry to see him go. One of my recent hockey converts and dearest friends who I dub "Feds Fan" is going to be inconsolable today. I sense either a retail or cocktail therapy session to ease her pain is in order later this evening!
So this summer, we say farewell to Viktor Kozlov, Sergei Fedorov and most likely our dear Donald Brashear. Not sure who's going to fill Brash's knuckle busting shoes but Johnny Erskine and Matt Bradley sure don't hesitate to throw down the gloves should they have to.
The anticipation of what GMGM will or will not do during the NHL Draft (starts tomorrow in Montreal) and free agency period is starting to build. The New York Islanders will most likely pick up young phenom John Tavares and are hosting a draft party at the ancient Nassau Coliseum tomorrow night for 22,000 of their closest friends. HM predicts that if they don't pick up Tavares (or at least man-beast Victor Hedman) the fans might raze the Coliseum themselves and save management some cash in taking down the old arena for a new and improved home!