So the Ducks introduced Sergei Fedorov to California (l:laexaminer; p:laexaminer).
Everyone is all lovey-dovey now. But if Fedorov doesn’t work out in Anaheim, and there’s no reason to expect he won’t, it’s going to be pretty ugly.
I was a little cool to Fedorov becoming a Duck because he’s not a great fit in their system. And he still isn’t, but when he’s motivated and engaged, he can be an exciting player to watch. The people of Anaheim are going to see some good hockey. While Paul Kariya had his offensive talents, he wasn’t a strong enough personality to buck coach Mike Babcock’s defensive system. Fedorov is. He’s going to play out of position. He’s not going to always move back with the defense.
It’s going to be great to watch.
Babcock said Fedorov will play on a line with Stanislav Chistov and Petr Sykora, who the Ducks still need to sign.
That’ll put recent acquisition Vinnie Prospal on the second line.
Anaheim’s spreading out the offense. It’s a good sign for fun hockey.
Babcock must be mellowing.