Wednesday, November 16, 2005

'One Fedorov too many'

Some readers may recall Spector posting this note on Nov. 12:
Bob McKenzie reports there was speculation last week the Anaheim Mighty Ducks might try to move forward Sergei Fedorov to the Columbus Blue Jackets, but GM Brian Burke denied this.

According to McKenzie, "Burke told the Russian centre last week when the trade rumours broke, no player is an untouchable, but Burke showed Fedorov the story in the newspaper and assured him the Ducks weren't trying to deal him at this time or had any plans or inclination to deal him."
Interesting, then, that the injured Ducks centre is dealt three days after this report is published. Now, I've got all of the respect in the world for Burke, by why go so far as to out and out lie to your own outgoing player?

Burke's had an interesting relationship with both Sergei and his younger brother Fedor, who was a Canucks' prospect during Burke's time as Vancouver's GM. Note this bit of wisdom from Burke from his time in B.C.:
Burke had Fedor Fedorov as a player in Vancouver, and when Sergei Fedorov became a free agent in 2003, Burke was asked whether he would try to sign him. "We already have a Fedorov," Burke replied. "That's one Fedorov too many."
I suppose no one should have been surprised to see the move coming. It says here that the Blue Jackets will still stink, however.


At 11:14 a.m., November 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of Brian Burke's less attractive traits is his propensity for hubris and straight out bullfeathers. This is the man who once stood in front of the Vancouver media and called Dave Gagner, "the key to the deal" with Florida on the Bure trade, and uttered the infamous line about it only taking, "25 cents and a phone call" to move the Canucks.

When you pull a stunt like he just pulled, you lose the right to whine about the media taking shots at you. So much for Burke's cherished rep as a "straight shooter"...

At 11:39 a.m., November 16, 2005, Anonymous Lyle Richardson said...

Jame, a report in today's Edmonton Journal has Burke still saying he went to Fedorov to deny the rumours, but that if he got a good offer Fedorov would be on the next plane out of Anaheim, and that the very next day the Blue Jackets came to him with an offer.


At 1:42 a.m., November 17, 2005, Blogger PJ Swenson said...

I mentioned that Burke quote back in June. Too bad, Federov was one of the main selling points for the Ducks, who are several thousand fans behind the Kings in attendance every night.

Federov is struggling, but trading him at this point is like throwing in the towel.

But this is Burke. Maybe there is a three team trade in the works for the near future.


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