July 14, 2008 / 3:49 PM / 11 years ago

Capitals sign Fedorov to one-year contract

Washington Capitals center Sergei Fedorov (top R) celebrates behind New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Broduer (2nd L) and defenseman Paul Martin (7) after the Capitals' Alexander Semin scored in the third period of their NHL game in Newark, New Jersey February 29, 2008. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington Capitals have signed six time All-Star center Sergei Fedorov to a one-year contract, the team announced on Monday.

Fedorov, 38, played in 18 games for the Capitals last year after being acquired from Columbus at the trade deadline.

“We are happy to have Sergei back,” Capitals general manager George McPhee said in a statement. “What he brings to the club extends beyond the rink.

“He is a leader and a player that everyone on our team wanted back.”

The Russian-born Fedorov won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and captured the Hart Trophy as the league MVP in 1994.

He has averaged nearly a point per game in his career, with 1,146 points (472 goals, 674 assists) in 1,196 games with Detroit, Anaheim, Columbus and Washington.

As a Capital, Fedorov scored twice and had 11 assists in the regular season, adding one goal and four assists in seven playoff games.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but local media reported the contract is worth $4 million.

Reporting by Steve Ginsburg; Editing by Ken Ferris

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