So might the NHL.
Not the Guy Who Gets $38 Million
Remember Letter Man, the superhero of the old children's TV show Electric Company'? Faster than a rolling O and more powerful than a silent E, the caped alphabetician was always saving the day by tearing a letter off his chest and transforming, say, thief into chief. Imagine what he could do for Sergei Fedotov, a 22-year-old defenseman in the Hurricanes' system. Fedotov, currently with the Florida Everblades in the ECHL, has played for six teams in three years, and this season he will earn about as much as Red Wings star forward Sergei Fedorov might spend on an afternoon shopping spree.
Fedotov has become an expert at delivering the phrase, "No, not Fedo-rov, Fedo-fov." Yet fans were never more confused than in February 1998 when Carolina signed Fedorov, then a restricted free agent, to a $38 million offer sheet (which Detroit subsequently matched) a couple of months after Fedotov was assigned to the Beast of New Haven, Carolina's AHL affiliate. "We got calls and E-mails from all over," says New Haven president Dave Gregory. "People kind of flipped out when they saw the name."