Sergei Fedorov has signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, ending his eighteen-day run as an unrestricted free agent.
The first two years of the contract are guarenteed, while each of the final three are at Fedorov’s option.
On July 2, Fedorov’s agent, Pat Brisson, had announced that Fedorov would not return to the Red Wings. After Fedorov failed to sign quickly with any team, it was assumed that Fedorov was again considering Detroit as an option.
The Mighty Ducks are looking to replace superstar captain Paul Kariya, who signed with the Colorado Avalanche after leading Anaheim to Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Fedorov secord 36 goals and 47 assists for 83 points last season with Detroit. He was awarded the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in 1994 and the Frank J. Selke Trophy as Best Defensive Forward in 1994 and 1996.
When asked for a comment about Fedorov, Red Wings spokesman John Hahn said: “That’s Anaheim’s comment to make not ours.”