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Perhaps a bit of a surprise to make the list, but Fedorov really had a love hate relationships with Detroit. Early on in his career he could do nothing wrong. He was considered one of the best players in the NHL and is still the only player to win the Hart and Selke Trophies in the same year
He quickly rose to be the second most beloved Wing on the team. Some will argue that his desire to top Steve Yzerman in the heart of the fans is what would lead to his downfall.
He ranked with the top players of his era and many felt he could be the best, if he tried. There was this cloud that hung over Fedorov that claimed he did not always put forth 100 percent effort.
When you can score at will and dominate at both ends of the ice, it is difficult to repeat that night after night. Perhaps that was the case or maybe the effort concerns were true. Either way that perception hung over him. Regardless, as the rock star routine grew old in Detroit, this lack of effort was often mentioned.
In a town full of blue collar workers and on a team that mimicked the hard working, no frills mentality, Fedorov often did not fit in. As his stats and stature grew around the NHL, he seemed to develop a diva complex. There was the rumor that he had married tennis star Anna Kournikova. Okay so not much a rumor as he was the one who said it, yet her camp denied.
In 1998 things got worse. Fedorov was a restricted free agent and was after big money. The team and Fedorov went back and forth for months, which resulted in Fedorov missing 59 games. During the dispute he angered his fellow Russian teammates when he failed to join them on the historic Stanley Cup trip to Russia. He further angered fans when he declared that he would never play for Detroit again.
Then the Hurricanes offer happened. Carolina offered Fedorov a six year $38 million deal. On the surface, the $6.3 million average could easily be matched by the Wings.
However the Hurricanes front loaded it and with the two bonuses, one of which was payable if the team made the conference finals, the Wings would be on the hook for a huge first year sum. The Hurricanes would be lucky to make the playoffs, let alone go any rounds, so that bonus was aimed at the Wings.
The Red Wings did match the offer and Fedorov helped the Wings win their second consecutive Stanley Cup. Fedorov played great for the remaining regular season and playoffs. He ended up making $28 million dollars for only playing in 43 games, which just did not sit well with many fans. That is still the most a player has ever received for a single season of hockey and one of the highest salaries any pro athlete has been paid for a single season.
He eventually left the team as a free agent 2003. He rejected two offers from the Red Wings that would have paid him more than the deal he signed with Anaheim. After he left he was often critical of the Wings during interviews which did not endear him to fans.
While you will still see some fans wearing his 91 jersey around Joe Louis Arena, you will also hear many more, call him a bum, lazy and greedy.