Canada's TSN is reporting that unrestricted free agent center Sergei Fedorov has signed a one-year, $4 million deal to return to the Washington Capitals. The news comes a little less than 24 hours after FanHouse had passed on a report from Russia's Sovetsky Sport that KHL President Alexander Medvedev had announced that Fedorov had passed on an opportunity to play for KHL club SKA St. Petersburg, as well as multiple denials from the Capitals that any deal with Fedorov was imminent.
In other Caps news, the team announced that it had reached an agreement with restricted free agent forward Brooks Laich on a three-year deal. As is the case with all of the team's contracts, financial terms were not disclosed, though the Washington Post is reporting the deal is for $6.2 million over the length of the contract. Laich, 25, is coming off the best season of his career after scoring 21 goals and 37 points in 82 games. Laich, as many will recall, was originally acquired from the Ottawa Senators near the end of the 2003-04 NHL season in the deal that shipped Peter Bondra out of town.