Doug MacLean's Media Availabilty to Announce Fedorov Trade
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COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired six-time All-Star center Sergei Fedorov and a fifth round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in exchange for center Tyler Wright and defenseman Francois Beauchemin, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today.
Fedorov is a six-time All-Star, three-time Stanley Cup champion, two-time winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward and was the 1994 Hart Memorial Trophy (most valuable player) and Lester B. Pearson Award (outstanding player as voted by NHLPA members) winner. He has appeared in 993 career games, registering 431 goals and 589 assists for 1,020 points with 631 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +270 with the Mighty Ducks and Detroit Red Wings.
Fedorov entered the 2005-06 season ranking in the top 20 among active players in goals (20th-tied), assists (20th) and points (18th). His plus/minus rating of +270 is the highest among forwards and third-best overall in the NHL since 1990-91 (Scott Stevens, +305; Nicklas Lidstrom, +277). He also owns a share of the league's career overtime goals record of 13 with Steve Thomas and Mats Sundin.
The 15-year NHL veteran has tallied 50-113-163 and 113 penalty minutes in 162 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, ranking first among all players in assists and second in points (Joe Sakic, 169) in playoff scoring since 1990-91. He was an integral part of Detroit Red Wings teams that captured Stanley Cup championships in 1997, 1998 and 2002. He is also a veteran of two Olympic Games, helping Russia win the bronze medal in 2002 and silver medal in 1998.
Fedorov has appeared in five games with Anaheim this season, tallying 0-1-1 and two penalty minutes. In 2003-04, he led the club in scoring with 31-34-65 and added 42 penalty minutes in 80 games. The campaign marked the 10th 30-goal season of his career and fourth in a row. On Feb. 14, 2004, he collected two assists vs. Vancouver and became the first Russian-born, fifth European and 67th player in NHL history to record 1,000 points.
A native of Pskov, USSR, Fedorov joined the Mighty Ducks in 2003 after spending his first 13 seasons with the Red Wings. He was an NHL All-Rookie pick in 1990-91 after tallying 31-48-79 and 66 penalty minutes in 77 games with Detroit. His best season came in 1993-94 when he picked up a career-high 56-64-120 with a plus/minus rating of +48, winning the Hart Trophy, Pearson Award and the first of his two Selke Awards (1996). He wrapped up his Red Wings career following the 2002-03 season and is among the Original Six franchise's all-time leaders in games played (908-6th), goals (400-4th), assists (554-5th) and points (954-4th).
Wright was selected by the Blue Jackets in the 2000 Expansion Draft and appeared in 309 games with the club, tallying 57-51-108 and 436 penalty minutes, including 0-4-4 and 20 penalty minutes in 18 games this season. In franchise history, he ranks second in games played and penalty minutes and fourth in goals and points. He has registered 77-68-145 and 823 penalty minutes in 588 career NHL games with Columbus, Pittsburgh and Edmonton.
Beauchemin was claimed by the Blue Jackets off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens on Sept. 14, 2004. After spending the 2004-05 season with the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch, he joined the Blue Jackets this season and collected 0-2-2 with 11 penalty minutes in 11 NHL contests.
The Blue Jackets conclude a four-game homestand Wednesday night when they host the St. Louis Blues at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m., with FSN Ohio's Ice Breaker pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets to all Blue Jackets home games are on sale now and may be purchased at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, the Blue Jackets Zones at Chiller Dublin, Chiller Easton, Chiller North, all Ticketmaster ticket centers, by phone at (614) 431-3600 or via the internet at www.BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. For information on full season tickets starting as low as $13 per game, mini-season ticket plans or group tickets, call (800) NHL-COLS.
FEDOROV HONORS & AWARDS:
All-Star Games: 1992, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003
Stanley Cup Titles: 1997, 1998, 2002
Olympic Games: 1998 (silver), 2002 (bronze)
Frank J. Selke Award: 1994, 1996
Hart Memorial Trophy: 1994
Lester B. Pearson Award: 1994
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