Two items of note as we near the Entry Draft, neither of which can be termed ‘good’ news for Washington hockey fans: it sure appears that Sergei Fedorov’s tensure in D.C. is done. The report has him inking with Metallurg Magnitogorsk for two years, at nearly $4 million per season. When you factor in the tax rates hockey players confront in Russia (kinda low), that pact is certainly better than any Feds could have garnered in North America.
“In Russia, when you are negotiating your salary, 99 percent of the time you’re talking about take home salary, not ‘before taxes.’ It is very customary,” Dmitry Chesnokov told us this morning.
With Metallurg Sergei will be united with younger brother Fedor. We will miss him.
And both TSN and ESPN are reporting that the 2010 Winter Classic will not include the Washington Capitals but instead the Flyers as guests of the Bruins in Fenway Park. You can view this as a snub if you want. I see a more pragmatic side to it: it’s logical to me that when Ovi and Co. skate in the game NBC (and the league) would like to see Sidney and the Pens as opponent.
As long as the Caps keep skating outdoors in Chevy Chase once each winter I’m happy.