Red Wings stand firm with Fedorov

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Updated: June 19, 2003, 10:49 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
The choice for Sergei Fedorov is pretty simple now. Take the $40 million over four years the Red wings are offering him or take your chances as an unrestricted free agent.

Detroit general manager Ken Holland has laid it out pretty simple to Fedorov's agent Pat Brisson while explaining why the Red Wings changed their $50 million, five-year offer from early last season.

"We made what we feel was a good offer in November, an offer that would have put Sergei right with Nicklas Lidstrom ($10 million a season) and made Sergei one of the highest-paid players in the league," Holland told The Detroit News. "He didn't accept it. Things have changed dramatically. We didn't win a playoff game. We all have to take the blame for that, the front office, the coaching staff, the players.