Fedotenko makes it; signs for a year


The Ruslan Fedotenko tryout was successful. Fedotenko played well enough during the preseason — probably even better than the Rangers could have hoped — to earn a one-year contract reportedly worth $1 million.

The Rangers remain under the cap by about $1M and have some maneuverability in their roster, which is two over the max at 25, but with Chris Drury and Vinny Prospal likely to start the season on injured reserve.

Fedotenko, the former Penguins winger who also played for John Tortorella in Tampa, was solid throughout the preseason, not only offensively, but also physically and in all three zones.

Here’s the official release from the Rangers:


New York, October 4, 2010 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the Rangers have agreed to terms with free agent forward Ruslan Fedotenko.

Fedotenko, 31, skated in five pre-season contests with the Rangers, registering one goal and six assists for seven points, along with two penalty minutes and a plus-five rating.  Fedotenko led the team in assists, points and plus/minus rating, and tied for second on the club with 11 shots.  His six assists are also tied for sixth in the league, while his seven points are tied for 11th in the NHL.

Fedotenko is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion, having helped Tampa Bay capture the title in 2003-04 and Pittsburgh in 2008-09.  He established a post-season career-high with 12 goals during the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and tied for second in the NHL in goals and game-winning goals (three), and ninth in the league with 14 points in 22 playoff contests.  Fedotenko tallied both Lightning goals in the Cup-clinching 2-1 victory vs. Calgary in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 7, 2004.  During the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he established a career-high with seven playoff assists and tied his career-high, and ranked fourth on Pittsburgh, with 14 points in 24 contests.

Last season, he recorded 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points, along with 50 penalty minutes in 80 games with Pittsburgh.  It was the seventh consecutive season, and eighth overall, the nine-year NHL veteran reached the 30-point plateau.  He registered seven multi-point performances, including a three-assist effort on January 21 vs. Washington.  The three assists tied his career-high for most assists and points in a single game.  Fedotenko tallied his 300th career point with an assist on January 28 vs. Ottawa, and skated in his 600th NHL game on October 7 vs. Phoenix.

The 6-1, 200-pounder has skated in 677 career games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, and Pittsburgh Penguins, registering 150 goals and 158 assists for 308 points, along with 419 penalty minutes and a plus-15 rating.  Fedotenko enjoyed his most productive season in 2005-06, establishing career-highs with 26 goals, 41 points and 164 shots in 80 games with Tampa Bay.  In 2008-09, he tallied a career-high, 23 assists and plus-18 rating in 65 games with Pittsburgh.  Fedotenko has also recorded 20 goals and 11 assists for 31 points, along with 54 penalty minutes in 83 career post-season contests with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.

The Kiev, Ukraine native originally signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers on August 3, 1999, and made his NHL debut on October 24, 2000 vs. the Rangers.  Internationally, Fedotenko has also represented his native Ukraine at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, tallying one goal and four penalty minutes in one contest.

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  1. Carp,

    Any definitive word on Prospal? He is not great, but Rangers will be in even bigger trouble up the middle without him. When is your Rangers preview coming out? Do you see this team making the playoffs?

  2. won’t know anything on Prospal until he is off skates for a few weeks then tries to skate. If the knee swells then, it’ll be a problem and possibly, IMO, surgery.

    I didn’t see him in the middle anyway. So I don’t think that is a factor, and I think Fedotenko replaces him quite well on the wing.

    I think the Rangers could and should make the playoffs this year, with some ifs. Preview late in the week.

  3. I’d take Ftank for a mil.

    What do think about sending down McDonagh. Do you really think he was outplayed by the remaining defensemen?

  4. wicky (Our D is SOFT and give Prust an A!!!!) on

    I hope vtank doesn’t get the denisov treatment….denisov could hit and wasn’t really given an “equal opportunity” to play.

  5. Time to get rid of White. He costs too much to sit on the bench or the fourth line. Where else would he fit? No way they are sending down Stepan yet.

  6. Shattenkirk Del Headzo on

    Good to see Tenko stick around. Plenty of experience..especially in the playoffs, & has been putting up good numbers so far. Probabaly helps being on Tort’s good side!

  7. Elliotte Friedman “5. Last bit on Redden: There were reports his NHLPA brethren would be angry because his salary did not count towards the Rangers’ cap, but still counted against the players’ share of revenues. Not true. His cash no longer matters in the CBA formula. What I didn’t realize is that Redden now longer has escrow money coming off his paycheque. An 18 per cent pay raise in the minors?”


  8. >>Is NYR the only team that doesn’t have ice girls, or

    And I hope it stays that way. I don’t understand why these franchises feel the need to throw all these distractions at fans in the arena. I go to a hockey match for the game, not for cheerleaders or any other shenanigans. And while it, they should cut the loud music between plays as well.

  9. Pucktenko, formerly The Puck Drops Here on

    JBytes, you’re a purist. :) I happen to agree with you!

  10. Staal, I don’t know that McDonagh was outplayed, but it was close. And if he was really going to be a No. 7, then it’s absolutely his best interest to be in Hartford playing. And there was definitely something to the fact that he could go down without waivers, and Sauer couldn’t.

  11. wicky (Our D is SOFT and give Prust an A!!!!) on

    I wonder if sangs and denisov were in the handshake line and said “did you hear the changed the name to the Whale?” and then just laughed!

  12. Carp,
    True, I guess regardless of what Torts says, he knew McDonagh and Vtank could go down without waivers…lol
    Its funny how the coach says so much but really says nothing…

  13. #5 Bernie ‘Boom Boom’ Geoffrion
    The Fedetenko signing is doubly important now that there is a chance that Prospal could be out for a long time. As someone who’s grandparents came here from Kiev, its nice to have a Ukie in the fold. Back in the 50’s the Bruins had the Uke line with Bucyk, Stasiuk and a 3rd guy who’s name escapes me.

    Carp – Did you miss my Dancing Larry comment on Friday night or just take the high road and chose to ignore it?

  14. Just googled the Uke line. The third guy was Bronco Horvath, who was actually of Hungarian descent.

  15. Doodie Machetto on

    The ESPN article on Fedotenko signing says the team has only been to the 2nd round of the playoffs twice in the last 5 years. I know the lockout is the point they’re stopping at, but the sad truth is they could have gone all the way back to ’97.

  16. coach, high road.

    doodie, yeah, a nice way of saying they’ve won two playoff series since 1997, one of those against a team that had never made the playoffs before.

  17. Gift of GAB-orik on


    you can’t trap the puck against the ice with the toe of the blade, or any part of the blade for that matter.

  18. good for ‘tenko, he earned that contract. plus he’s nice insurance in case vinny is not back for a while.

    just heard the news about minaya and manuel. made it a much more bearable monday with that news.

    is it saturday yet?

  19. Gift of GAB-orik on

    From the NHL rulebook,

    Rule 80.1 subcategory

    Cradling the puck on the blade of the stick (like lacrosse) above the normal height of the shoulders shall be prohibited and a stoppage of play shall result. If this is done by a player on a penalty shot or shootout attempt, the shot shall be stopped immediately and considered complete.

    That’s all i could find. Nothing specifically about pinning or trapping the puck

  20. Gravey (Formerly known as jor71) on

    I am with you mickey, 2 years too late on Minaya. I cannot wait for Saturday night!!!

  21. EddieJ (or Edotenko) on

    I agree with you about the distractions. I’m also happy that the Rangers PA announcer doesn’t overdo it when he announces a goal. We don’t have to listen to,”Goal scored by number 19- Ruuuuslaaan Fedoteeenkoooooooo!” I hate that. At least the Rangers have some class.

  22. >>…We don’t have to listen to,”Goal scored by number 19-
    >>Ruuuuslaaan Fedoteeenkoooooooo!” I hate that.

    Oh boy, do I ever hate that!!! The whole thing cheapens and trivialises the seriousness of the game. Some of these announcers think they’re at a WWE event.

  23. Gift of GAB-orik on

    eh… not in love with the alternate jersey. Does nothing for me… looks old and worn out.

  24. I’m excited for the season to begin. the third and fourth lines are definite scoring threats. Much more balance this year. First line is better with Frolov

  25. Doodie Machetto on

    “That’s all i could find. Nothing specifically about pinning or trapping the puck”

    Right. I don’t see what the problem is with that.

  26. Joekuh - Bloodsport!!! on

    LOL @ Doodie. Perfect sports time right now. Baseball playoffs starting, basketball presason, football in full swing, hockey in a week. YES!!!

  27. Doodie Machetto on

    The perfect sports time is at least 82 times a year, and with a lot of luck, at least 16 additional times thereafter.

  28. Carp– My condolences.

    #5 Ulfie when he was a Ranger.

    Feds is locked up for a year eh? There wont be any trouble as long as he doesn’t turn into a ghost at the start of the regular season

  29. Doodie Machetto on

    Whatever, this is a win-win move for the Rangers. Even if Fedotenko sucks it up to start the year, they can send him to Hartford and not worry about it. I LOVE one year contracts.

  30. Gift of GAB-orik on

    i can hear it now… But takes it from…. you know what… there’s no way to keep it PG so i’ll just let you use your imagination.

  31. Didn’t Bronco Horvath play for the Rangers for a while? He was a very good player. I believe that he also played for a while with one of the Connecticut Teams. I always thought that he was either Hungarian or Serb.

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    CCCP, no need to retire a number this year, it’s the 85th anniversary. What a milestone!

    Really MSG? 85th anniversary?

  33. ZzZz NYR ZzZzellotenko " Rangers rule!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    Frolov for 1 year …” f’ tenko anuther 1 year deal . Sather is a genius!!!! WOW our GM really did a swell job this year. Aren’t we all lucky!!! We always cry about something Sather does . Like signing BOOGAARD . OHHH wayyy tooo much Sather…bla bla bla . Sather locked up the LOCK NESS MONSTER at a steep price but wow was it worth it. I’d pay Boogaard 3 million and say hes worth more then have the clowns who try to play for us. Sureeeee he can’t skate , big deal . His looks alone are worth 1.5 million ( bet ya Avery can’t say that). Our GM went out and “bought” us Gaboriks buddy , a big buddy at that. When all said and done now , Sather ..mr Glen , Ya did a great job this year. The other years , well lets just say we take it year by year …and this year is ours.

  34. ZzZz NYR ZzZzellotenko " Rangers rule!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    We have our six shooters (Gaborik & Frolov) awaiting a rip snort’n gun fight (hockey game). Bar room Brawl ( Boogaard) fighters tearing up the place. Young gun ( Stepan) out duels his foe and we ride that pony(Hank) right into the sun-set . That’s how the East was won.

  35. ZzZz NYR ZzZzellotenko " Rangers rule!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    Buffalo Sabres are getting a “beat down” in 6 days. Bank it.

  36. Doodie Machetto on

    Interesting footnote on Horvath. He’s one of only a handufl of players to play for at least 5 of the 6 original six teams (and he played in the 6th’s team farm system and may have suited up for the big club in an exhibition game).

    TRIVIA QUESTION: Who is the only player to have played for all 6 of the Original Six teams? Don’t look it up! Although, I must admit that I did.

  37. Good evening all! Bear with me for a moment if you will for a true but embarrassing story.
    When Maury Allen left the Post to join us, everyone was all abuzz. When my dad found out, he was all abuzz (and practically swooned when he once got the chance to meet him).
    Me, the only sports pages I read growing up (and only for Rangers, Graig Nettles and tennis) was The Daily News, so I HAD NO CLUE about the sports writing legend in our midst.

    I do know this, though. When he stopped writing about sports and joined our news desk in the Yonkers office when I worked there, I found myself sitting next to an old school pro who slurrped his morning coffee to my great distraction and was one of the most amazing, kind, helpful, talkative, interesting, mentoring person I’ve ever met in my life. He was surrounded by a bunch of 26 year olds, and was still gracious, never condescending, never acting like the star he was (I once answered his phone and got Ed Cranepool on the line)

    anyway, the other day by odd coincidence, I was going through some old papers and found a letter he wrote to me when I left the Yonkers office. It was unbelievably kind and flattering and beautiful. I’m so glad I saved it.

    RIP Maury. You must be having a BLAST with your pals in that big ballfield in the sky.

  38. And Carp, I so glad to see your byline on his obit his morning :)

    now, on hockey note: I will work for a year for a mil. no problem. I’m not unhappy with this deal. we gt to keep saying tenko!

  39. Doodie Machetto on

    Yeah, but at least they have something more significant than 85th.

    “He was surrounded by a bunch of 26 year olds,”

    Josh was there?

  40. I looked it up. Unless you’re fran (no offense buddy) I doubt most people here will get it :)

    Of course, I thought Chelios cause he’s the only player old enuf to have made that many teams (ha ha)

  41. Josh, and me, and Carp …:) actually, I think I may been younger than 26. There was a time I was that young!

  42. Prediction: Fed-O-Tank-O struggles to break 30 points, leads all forwards in the -(minus) department and is waived by 2011

    True: The Fedotenko you saw in the pre-season is not the one you’ll get in the regular season

    False: He’ll try harder because Torts is bench boss

  43. Doodie Machetto on

    Rich, I agree more with you, but I think the effort is there to start the season until the inevitable winter slump that the team goes through on a yearly basis.

  44. Sorry if this was said but didn’r Norm Rochefort wear #5 ?

    Where are all the trade rumors? That is one thing I miss is JD used to know everything that was going on so during the preseason games he would provide us the dirt.

  45. Doodie Machetto on

    Hint: this player played for the Maple Leafs from 1946-1950, winning three consecutive Stanley Cups from 47-49.

  46. Great story, mama. I didn’t know anything about him, but sounds like a great man. Sorry for your loss, guys.

  47. No way I’d solve this. I looked up the ’42 roster and still had no clue until I looked at games played. Wonder why he only played one game w/ NY?

  48. Doodie: “Hint: There is no Byfuglien way you will get this without looking it up.”


    guys, it took me two tries at google to find it. not that hard :) but great question Dood!

    thanks ilb. he was tremendously tremendous. sad day for baseball history and for all of us who had the honor to call him a friend at some point in our lives.

  49. ZzZz NYR ZzZzellotenko " Rangers rule!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    Back in the day …everyone played for all 6 teams cuz there were only 6 !!!!

  50. ZzZz NYR ZzZzellotenko " Rangers rule!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    wow Blueblood , freaky!!! Yeah mine was a little bigger than that one . Its funny how stuiped people are cuz clearly its an alligator and for it to eat ..it would have to be in water to swallow down its meal. Great artice , thanks.

  51. ZzZz NYR ZzZzellotenko " Rangers rule!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    C3p , Great how I figured that one out . You do realize Boogaard is scoring this year . You say he wont but just you wait and see . I have a plan and if Torts reads me correctly here ..I think we have something .

  52. ZzZz NYR ZzZzellotenko " Rangers rule!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    This blog is the “bible” of Ranger fan support and when the Rangers management want “feedback” from US the fans , they come waltzing in here and read what all us joyous boneheads are saying.

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