"For the full 13 years I was there, I never figured out who supported me on that team," Fedorov told hoticemag.com.
"... If you only knew how many undercurrents there were between the players and the coaches and management. There's no escaping it. Like in any other group, probably."
If fact, he thinks the same applied to the whole Russian Five. And Russian players in general. So that leaves Anna Kournikova who really got the appreciation she deserved.
"I think we could have accomplished even more if it hadn't been for the jealousy," Fedorov said of the Russian Five.
Uh, what jealousy?
"On our own team!" Fedorov said. "We were playing great, but they were constantly holding us back by the trunks. They wouldn't let us pull the trigger. Then, they totally broke up our five. ... I think we would have been able to do what needed to be done in the first two periods, and in the third you wouldn't even really have to play."
Hoticemag.com and en.khl.ru are the new English-language Web sites of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, where Fedorov now plays for Metallurg Magnitogorsk.