From Alzner to Varlamov, we're taking a look at and grading the 2008-09 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2009-10. Next up, Sergei Fedorov (and if you missed John Erskine's Wrap yesterday, be sure to go back and check it out).
#91 / Center / Washington Capitals
Dec 13, 1969
UFA ($4,000,000 cap hit in 2008-09)
Key Stats: For the third consecutive season, Fedorov played in fewer games than the season before, and for the fifth straight campaign, his ice time per game and total points decreased.
Interesting Stat: Fedorov had the best five-on-five Corsi Rating in the NHL (minimum 10 games played).
The Good: Besides that Corsi stat, Fedorov's 56.2 faceoff winning percentage would have been ninth-best in the League if he had taken enough draws to qualify, he had the fourth-best +/-ON/60 at five-on-five on the team (minimum 30 games played), and opponents had fewer shots on goal per sixty at even strength when Feds was on the ice than when any other Cap was (minimum 30 games). His excellent 5.04 points/60 at five-on-four was only good for seventh on the team, but still is worth mentioning (even if he had more secondary assists per 60 five-on-four than any other forward in the League). He hardly killed any penalties (much to our chagrin), but only Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom and Matt Bradley had better GAON/60s four-on-five. Fedorov filled in on the blueline admirably when needed during the regular season and in attempts to generate extra offense in the playoffs, and, of course, there was that goal he scored against the Rangers.
The Bad: Fedorov took the most penalties per sixty minutes five-on-five of any forward in the League (minimum 20 games played), had the worst raw five-on-five penalty plus-minus (penalties drawn minus penalties taken) of any forward in the NHL, and had the worst penalty plus-minus per sixty minutes five-on-five of any skater in the League (minimum 10 games played). His points- and shots-per-game were the third-lowest of his career (behind 2006-07 and last season), and he suffered through a 25-game stretch from early November through early March in which he scored just twice. And while he came through in the clutch in Game 7 against the Rangers, he now has just three goals in his last 29 playoff games (though he does have 17 assists in that span) after a one-in-14 postseason this time around.
The Vote: Rate Fedorov below on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season - if he had the best year you could have imagined him having, give him a 10; if he more or less played as you expected he would, give him a 5 or a 6; if he had the worst year you could have imagined him having, give him a 1.
The Discussion: At what price - and in what role - would you want to see Fedorov back in red next season (assuming, of course, that the rumors of him heading to the KHL are inaccurate)? What would it take for him to earn a 10 rating next year?