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Fedorov To The Caps For Ruth

The Caps have acquired center Sergei Fedorov from Columbus (a move we sorta foresaw back in June) for prospect Teddy Ruth (ranked as the Caps' 14th-best prospect by Hockey's Future).

Fedorov - no stranger Caps fans (or players) - has nine goals and 19 assists in 50 games so far this season and hasn't topped 44 points in any season since the lockout, but is an upgrade at second-line center over a converted right wing or a pair of fourth line pivots.

I'm not thrilled with moving Ruth in this deal, but when you've got a surplus of prospects, guys like this become somewhat expendable, I suppose.

What They're Saying:
"His versatility could make him useful in a defensive role for the Capitals and some might expect him to center fellow Russian Alexander Ovechkin's line, but it’s expected he’ll be plugged into Washington’s second line.

Fedorov might also be able to fill a leadership role for the relatively young Capitals as they battle down the stretch for a playoff berth." - Spector

"Even though he doesn't quite have the wheels he used to, Fedorov brings three Cup rings to Washington. And he can mentor Alexander Ovechkin. Fifteen years ago, Fedorov was what Ovechkin is now." - Empty Netters