If healthy, Fedorov will make Jackets better

Updated: November 15, 2005, 7:07 PM ET
By Barry Melrose | Special to ESPN.com

Anaheim's trade of Sergei Fedorov means one of two things: they are either dumping his $6.08 million contract or they think he can't play at a high level anymore.

I don't think this trade effects the Ducks as much since they've played most of the 2005-06 season without him as Fedorov battled groin injuries. It's not like he was a scoring threat for the team, and then they decided to trade him.

Tyler Wright is a role player, an energy player that will add some spark to the Mighty Ducks' lineup.

As for the Blue Jackets, this move shows they are trying to save their season. Columbus' offseason was filled with so much promise after the signings of free agents Adam Foote and Bryan Berard. So, its 5-13-0 start has been a big disappointment.

With his groin injuries so far this season, Fedorov is a risk. Outside of five scattered games this season (he has just one assist), Fedorov really hasn't played for close 20 months now since he was idle during the lockout.

With Columbus weighing those factors and still making the deal, it shows the Jackets' desperation.

When Sergei Fedorov is on his game, he can be one of the league's best, he can be awesome. If that Fedorov shows up, he instantly makes Columbus better.

Barry Melrose, a former NHL defenseman and coach, is a hockey analyst for ESPN.

Barry Melrose

NHL studio analyst
Former NHL player and coach Barry Melrose is an NHL studio analyst for ESPN.

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