Okay, I’m getting way ahead of myself.
Although it is just a rumor, for now, it seems the New York Rangers have extended Ruslan Fedotenko, 31, an invite to training camp (which starts Sept. 17th). Supposedly, he has received the offer, but has not yet accepted. Obviously, when he accepts or declines the invitation, we will know the validity of this rumor.
Fedotenko, a Left Winger, has played under John Tortorella before when they were together in Tampa Bay. Last season, Feds had 30 points and 11 goals on the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Ukrainian star’s career year came 5 seasons ago on the Lightning under Torts when he scored 26 goals (his one and only season scoring over 20 goals) and 41 points in 2005/2006.
Is he really what we need, though?
Lately, we have over signed our way into a conundrum. Granted, just because we give him a try-out does not mean we’re going to sign him, but clearly we have interest in him, obviously being Tortorella’s choice. We don’t need left wingers, nor veteran help. Yes, we need help on the power play, but he’s mediocre at best when it comes to the advantage. Let’s not forget the -17 plus/minus he posted on PITTSBURGH, of all teams, yesteryear. Don’t think that’s terrible? Well consider this, fellow cut-ee Bill Guerin came in 2nd to last on the team last season with a -9, and lets not forget his 7% shooting percentage.
This just makes me beg the question: What’s the point of this?