января 1998 года.
Fedorov: I'll sit out whole season
DETROIT (AP) -- Restricted free agent Sergei Fedorov says he's
prepared to sit out the entire season if that's what it takes for him to
get the contract he wants.
"There's been precedence -- back in the early or late '70s when
(former Montreal goalie) Ken Dryden sat out one year, and, boy, did he
make the money," Fedorov told WJBK-TV in an interview broadcast Monday.
"I can see myself doing that. Why not? Because it's not about money. Because
it's about what I believe in."
The former MVP said it's been a long 3 1/2 months, but it's worth
it for him to wait out his bitter contract dispute with the Detroit Red
"It seems to me it's going to take a little longer, I guess.
That's fine," he said.
The Russian center, a former winner of the Hart and Selke trophies,
is a restricted free agent reportedly seeking a $6 million a year salary
in a four-year contract. The Red Wings reportedly have offered $5 million
a year over four years.
"It seems to me it's been 3 1/2 months gone without any movement,"
While his former teammates have skated to a second-place record
so far in the NHL, Fedorov has been practicing with the Central Red Army
Team in Russia and at the Troy Sports Center in Michigan.
"I still have a great passion for this game, the game of hockey,"
he said. "That's why I'm still by myself, still, after all that long time
... still practicing by myself, still feeling good about myself and right
Fedorov said last summer's limousine accident that injured team
masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov and players Vladimir Konstantinov and Vyacheslav
Fetisov has also made it a difficult year for him.
As for Red Wings fans, Fedorov said he appreciated their support.
"I would say that the best times here in Detroit will always
be behind me," he said. "I know quite a few people who've wished me all
the best, whatever I do and whatever's going to happen. I'd like to thank
them so much for their support."