So lately there has been a number retirement debate going on over at NOHS. The players that have been debated over there are Homer, Drapes, Ozzie and Fedorov. While I think none of those will be retired, I'd like to see Homer's number go and I see good arguments both for and against Draper and Ozzie. But when it comes to Fedorov... I think this is the time for me to finally make my big "I hate Sergei Fedorov with a fucking passion"-post.
Don't get me wrong, Sergei Fedorov was an amazing player back in the day, one of the most talented players of his era. And I am grateful for all he did for the Red Wings. However I have alway felt uneasy about the guy. He was inconsistent, often seemed like he didn't care. His recent comments about jealouy makes a good point, about himself. Feds always saw himself as the best player on the team, maybe in the league. He believed the focus should be on him and that he should be the leader. The team should have been his team. Do you guys remember how he always found another level when Stevie was out and he was the captain? Some people might call that clutch. I call it Sergei being incredibly jealous of Stevie and his leadership. Sergei thought Stevie's position should have been his, he thought the Russian five should have been the first line and play all the time and when he got the spotlight, the leader role he suddently cared. He also sat out half a season on strike in 97/98. When you do that, you are not a team guy. He even signed an offer sheet from the Canes and only went back to playing when the Wings matched their inflated offer. That's class and commitment for you. Or as Zappa would say "only in it for the money".
Then in 03, he rejected great offers to go to the enemy, the team that just had eliminated the Wings, the Ducks. He has later claimed that this was because of ms. Kournikova and their bad breakup. I don't care about what his warped relationship with her was, it was still treason on a high level and another example of him showing no loyalty, but rather lust for cash and even more, for the spotlight to be on him and not some Stevie guy from Bumfuck, BC.
The final nail in the coffin came a few months ago. He went out in Russian media slamming Scotty Bowman and the entire team and culture in the Red Wings. He accused them of jealousy, of trying to keep him down and hurt his progress. Such moronic lies shows that in his warped self-centered fantasy reality has been twisted into another form.
Sergei was a great player, but he never played for the team, he played for his own personal glory. He betrayed the team in the end and was close to doing it earlier, and his backstabbing comments show that he has no love for Detroit. Retiring his jersey would be ridiculous. A jersey retirement should show commitment to a team, it is for the guys who played with the logo tattooed to their chests. Sergei is nowhere near that.
11 months ago