Wednesday, November 16, 2005

FIRST SIGNIFICANT TRADE OF THE SEASON

Star forward Sergei Fedorov was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks marking the first significant trade of the season. The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired six-time All-Star center Sergei Fedorov and a fifth-round pick in 2006 on Tuesday for forward Tyler Wright and rookie defenseman Francois Beauchemin. Arguably, Fedorov’s greatest season was in the 1993-94 NHL season when he won that year's Hart Memorial Trophy, Frank J. Selke Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Award and finished second in scoring behind Los Angeles' Wayne Gretzky with fifty-six goals and 120 points. It was with the Ducks that Fedorov picked up his 1,000th point, becoming the first Russian-born and fifth European-born player to do so. Fedorov is currently making $6.08 million US this season. Fedorov, who returned to the Ducks' lineup over the weekend after missing 13 games with a groin injury, should give Columbus an offensive impetus. Currently the Blue Jackets are ranked next to last in the Western Conference. Fedorov has 431 goals and 589 assists in 15 seasons in the NHL. The speedy Russian had a career-high 56 goals for the Red Wings in 1993-94.

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