In Sergei Fedorov’s previous life, he was a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings. In 2003, he spurned the Wings and chased a big contract to Anaheim and finished his career with Columbus and Washington before finishing his career in the Kontinental Hockey League. In his current life, Fedorov is the general manager for HC CSKA Moscow of the KHL, the top league in Russia. According to Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star, Fedorov is again looking to take from the NHL and give to the KHL.
Fedorov’s mission has had early success as he has talked Ilya Kovalchuck, who shocked the hockey world by announcing his retirement from the NHL and New Jersey Devils on Thursday, into playing in the KHL. Odds are, the NHL will win more of these battles than Fedorov will.