Blue Jackets trade Fedorov to Capitals Staff

2/26/2008 7:12:57 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded centre Sergei Fedorov to the Washington Capitals for blueline prospect Ted Ruth.

Fedorov is in the final year of a five-year, $40 million contract and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

He has 469 goals and 663 assists in 17 seasons in the NHL.

The Capitals were busy on Wednesday picking up Fedorov, goaltender Cristobal Huet and winger Matt Cooke. Huet and Cooke can also become unrestricted free agents this summer.

"We're sending the right message to everybody," Capitals GM George McPhee said.

Fedorov will play for his fourth NHL team. The veteran centre also played parts of two seasons with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim from 2003 to 2006.

The speedy Russian had a career-high 56 goals and 120 points for the Detroit Red Wings in 1993-94, when he won the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP.

He scored nine goals and added 19 assists over his 50 games with the Blue Jackets.