'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.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?
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."
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.