Not sure. I was like 11 then. Would make sense, since the Wings got embarrassed in the Finals and were likely willing to explore options to put themselves over the edge. They might have figured Fedorov was the future of the franchise and was ready to take over for Yzerman. Yashin would have been a lot younger than Yzerman and was another Russian. Like I said, I don't remember, but I can see the thinking there at the time.
Geez - I feel like an old man here.
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