According to Sport-Express Sergei Fedorov will play next season in Russia's steel city Magnitogorsk, former Malkin's team. He will be flying to Russia in the next few days to sign the contract.
You have to take everything published by Sport-Express with a grain of salt, but it might be true this time because Sergei's lil' big bro Fedor just signed with Metallurg. Sergei said in the past several times on different occasions that he wanted to play with his brother.
The contract is expected to be for 2 years and at least equal to what Fedorov had in Washington in financial terms.
Sport-Express had contacted Sergei and his father, but both refused to comment. Metallurg is also keeping silence.
Update from Capitals Insider, May 26, 2009:
Sergei Fedorov is close to signing a two-year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. The deal, according to the reports, is for $3.8 million per season over two seasons.
While that may indeed happen, I was just told moments ago by someone in the Fedorov camp that the 39-year-old veteran still has interest in playing for Washington next season. But for Fedorov to return to the Caps, I was told via text message, "a decision has to be made soon by Wash."
Fedorov made $4 million on a one-year contract this season.
I've also put in a call to GM George McPhee. So stay tuned.
Well, with the salary cap going down, I don't think we'll see Fedorov in Caps uniform.
by Nick Wass - AP
ESPN, May 26, 2009:
The Russian newspaper Sport Express reported Tuesday that the 39-year-old center would be signing a two-year deal worth $3.8 million per season with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Continental Hockey League.
But his agent Pat Brisson of CAA Sports said nothing was decided yet.
"Sergei is going to spend a couple weeks in Russia with his family," Brisson told ESPN.com via e-mail Tuesday. "At the same time he's had multiple offers to play in the KHL. He will explore his options while in Russia. However I also believe he might play in the NHL next season. The Capitals have his rights until June 30th. We should continue speaking to them in the meantime."
Fedorov is slated for unrestricted free agency July 1.
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