Detroit Red Wings: Sergei Fedorov gets his first coaching gig in KHL

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The Detroit Red Wings era of the Russian Five has moved on, but Sergei Fedorov has been announced as part of some news in the hockey world. Former Red Wings great and Hockey Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov has been named a coach.

While it’s not for the Detroit Red Wings or any NHL team for that matter, Fedorov has begun his coaching journey. Fedorov has been announced as the head coach of CSKA Moscow from Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Fedorov had an 18-year career in the NHL, where he spent 13 years in Hockeytown. He would finish his career as a three-time Stanley Cup Champion and being a part of the Russian Five. Since leaving North America and returning to Russia, Fedorov has not strayed from the game of hockey.

He has worked in a supervisory role in CSKA Moscow’s front office but has since been promoted to the coaching position. Fedorov is embarking on a new adventure now, though, beginning to create some speculation on a coaching future for Fedorov.

Former Detroit Red Wings great Sergei Fedorov has begun his coaching journey.

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He becomes just another member of the Russian Five who is going to be entering into the coaching arena.  Igor, “The Professor” Larionov, coached Russia’s team at the 2021 World Junior Championships.

In a time where there may not be a lot to love with Jeff Blashill, could the rumors of a Russian Five coaching staff pick up some traction? The biggest stop to this question is the lack of European coaches in the NHL.

It’s been a topic of debate for some time now, but could Steve Yzerman be interested in bringing some of his former teammates back to the organization? While Jeff Blashill is locked in for the time being, could a future option down the line be going off-script to hire a European coach?

The answer is likely a hard no. But man, as a Red Wings fan, it would be really cool to have a coaching staff with Sergei Fedorov and Igor Larionov on a team that Steve Yzerman runs, all three being from the Red Wings glory days.

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It’s more optimism than truth, but still. Either way, it is great to see Fedorov staying active in the game of hockey, whether it is here in North America or over in the KHL. Congratulations to Sergei; maybe he can reunite with Stevie Y in Detroit once again, even in another supervisory role.