NHL Trading Deadline Deals
Since our blog is devoted to Russian hockey we’ll leave the marian hossas and brad richards of the world out of it and focus on the deals that involved only the players from the former Soviet Union.
One of the all time greats of Russian hockey, Sergei Fedorov, was acquired by the fast improving Washington Capitals in a deal that few saw coming. It’s quite obvious that Columbus has officially waived a white flag when it comes to their chances of making the playoffs and dumped a couple of big salaries by getting rid of Fedorov and Adam Foote. Fedorov is an idol of Washington’s two Russian superstars, Ovechkin and Syomin, and the move just might rejuvenate the former Hart trophy winner. Most importantly it fills the void for the Caps at second line center left by Michael Nylander’s season ending injury. Fedorov is not the offensive player he used to be, but is still an excellent checker with incredible skating ability. His experience and keen hockey sense will allow Caps’ coach Bruce Boudreau to use him in any situation. He’s a great penalty killer and can play the point on the power play. And who knows? Playing on young, exciting team with the two Alex’s and his old buddy Viktor Kozlov just might get him to put up a few more points. Great deal for Washington.
The only other deal involving players from the former USSR, ironically, had one of them being dealt for another. Colorado shipped Latvian defenseman Kārlis Skrastiņš to Florida for hard hitting Belarussian blueliner Ruslan Salei. This seems to be a pretty equal exchange overall. If anything, Colorado might have gotten a bit more physical by getting Salei and Adam Foote from Columbus. Both teams are chasing a playoff spot.
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