Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Fedorov To The Caps For Ruth

The Caps have acquired center Sergei Fedorov from Columbus (a move we sorta foresaw back in June) for prospect Teddy Ruth (ranked as the Caps' 14th-best prospect by Hockey's Future).

Fedorov - no stranger Caps fans (or players) - has nine goals and 19 assists in 50 games so far this season and hasn't topped 44 points in any season since the lockout, but is an upgrade at second-line center over a converted right wing or a pair of fourth line pivots.

I'm not thrilled with moving Ruth in this deal, but when you've got a surplus of prospects, guys like this become somewhat expendable, I suppose.

What They're Saying:
"His versatility could make him useful in a defensive role for the Capitals and some might expect him to center fellow Russian Alexander Ovechkin's line, but it’s expected he’ll be plugged into Washington’s second line.

Fedorov might also be able to fill a leadership role for the relatively young Capitals as they battle down the stretch for a playoff berth." - Spector

"Even though he doesn't quite have the wheels he used to, Fedorov brings three Cup rings to Washington. And he can mentor Alexander Ovechkin. Fifteen years ago, Fedorov was what Ovechkin is now." - Empty Netters

15 comments:

Capital Fanatic said...

Ok, I guess we're going to make a serious run here. But we still wait to see what happens to Kolzig.

Scott said...

WTF is happening tonight!? Didn't expect this much excitement on our end.

I'm so unproductive. I should have called in sick...

Natty Bumpo said...

wonder which line gets #91? across from semin? or semin permanently on the top line with kozlov centering federov?
ted should schedule the moscow exhibition PRONTO.

maruk said...

I play him with Semin. Some much needed defensive sensibility.

Now all we need is a Russian d-man and we can have the Red Army out on the power play. Or something like that.

Forgive me. I'm rather stunned at the moment.

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) So when Kozlov is back from the flu where does Fleischmann fit is with his 2 year extension in his back pocket? Is he headed back to Columbus for Feds?

Scott said...

for Ruth...hmm...probably not bad. These are the kinds of trades you do with a glut of prospects

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Theo Ruth for Feds. Not bad!

Ogre said...

You know though, if Fedorov resigns - he can play Right Wing, Top lines now look like Ovechkin Backstrom Kozlov, Semin Nylander Fedorov

Natty Bumpo said...

a russian on each wing, a swede at each pivot.

NS said...

its official, i just crapped my pants.

My new favorite russian (8)and old favorite russian (91) on the same team.

Matt said...

TSN is reporting Matt Cooke to the Caps for Petty.

Scott said...

This is probably one of those trades that if Ruth ends up being a decent NHL'er we'll all piss and moan about it and if he doesn't no one will remember.

Paul Nichols said...

Glad I didn't waste time drawing Pettinger....hehe

You guys were always sticking a "shipping out" label on him, so I figured - hey, what the heck. I'll draw someone I know is going to be here awhile....

Anonymous said...

so, is federov completely healthy and ready to go? and from now on ruth is my least favorite player and im rooting for his failure, because if he turns out to be a keeper itll piss me off. in the meant time though, go federov and the caps (man that sounds weird)

Chris said...

Wow, I like all of these trades. Sweet.