Tidbits from Russia: Fedorov going, Zherdev staying?

I had a chat with a journalist over in Russia about some of the hockey-related happenings in the KHL and elsewhere yesterday, and he mentioned a few interesting bits of news from that side of the world.

Based on reports from the local media and his information:

  • As has been reported elsewhere tonight, he says that Sergei Fedorov "could" sign a two-year deal for $3.8-million a season with Magnitogorsk in order to play with his brother, Fedor, in the KHL and at the 2010 Olympics (assuming Fedor could make the team, I suppose). Sergei is set to land in Russia on June 5 to enter discussions with the team, but my guess is he'll wait and see what sort of offer he gets from the Capitals.
  • According to Russian media reports, Alexei Kovalev has been offered a one-year, $6-million by the Canadiens and could be the team's captain next season. Both he and Saku Koivu are unrestricted free agents so this is possible and $6-million would be a raise from the $4.5-million a season deal he was playing on.
  • Rangers forward Nik Zherdev, a restricted free agent, has turned down an offer from KHL club Salavat Yulayev Ufa and wants to play in New York next season.
  • And, finally, Slovakian star Zigmund Palffy, now 37, could make the jump to the KHL with SKA St. Petersburg after starring in the Slovak leagues since leaving the NHL. There may or may not soon be headlines stating they're "getting Ziggy with it."

Lots of activity and rumours going on over in Russia right now as it's essentially their free agent season already. I'll keep an eye on any reports coming out going forward.

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