Sergei Fedorov was officially unveiled today over in Moscow as a member of Metallurg Magnitogorsk, and offered these comments on playing in the KHL next season:
- "At this moment I can not express what I feel — I just arrived yesterday, but I am already full of positive emotions. I am very glad to sign a contract with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. I would like to thank those people who made it possible. I hope KHL fans will enjoy my game."
- "Of course, I am a little nervous. I will have to get used to many nuances in hockey and in life mode. I will play with new partners and train with the new coach. Do not forget about the big rinks that I have not played on for years. But all these problems should be resolved shortly."
- "In terms of hockey, my age is quite great — I do not think that I will play five-to-ten more years, but as for now I can play at the highest level and spend a lot of time on the ice. And Metallurg fits me in this component. As for my return to the NHL, in the last 2009 playoff game for Washington, I realized that it might be my final game in the NHL, and now I think my NHL career is finished."
- "Regarding the number, which I will wear (No. 18), it was mine when I started my career in CSKA. Before me it belonged to CSKA defenseman and forward Irek Gimaev. And the choice of this number for me is symbolic."
Fedorov may be turning 40 in December, but it's still hard to believe he's gone for good from the NHL. He's been a big factor in North American hockey since coming over in 1990-91, won the Hart Trophy three years later, although he's still 17 goals shy of 500 in his career.