"I knew the price I would pay for getting this contract," says Fedorov. "Right now I'm just being laid-back and quiet. I will just breathe hockey and think nothing but hockey, because playing my heart out every day is the best way to move forward."
Fedorov also had to overcome the wrath of his Russian teammates, incurred when he skipped the Stanley Cup tour of their homeland, which was supposed to be a symbolic gesture toward the players who never got to leave the former Soviet Union for the good life in the NHL. Fedorov says he wasn't invited and didn't want to celebrate without teammate Vladimir Konstantinov, who was in critical condition in a Detroit-area hospital after suffering head injuries in an automobile accident. "There are no hard feelings," center Igor Larionov says now. "In Russia we have a saying, 'Do not talk about the past, otherwise you will lose your eye.' "
The Red Wings must be adhering to that philosophy. On the verge of the playoffs, they are focused on one thing: another Stanley Cup.