Other than the signing of C Mike Rupp today and the on-going deliberations with free agent center Brad Richards, the Rangers have surprisingly kept quiet. As of now, they haven’t made any head-scratching moves. The other move they did make today was a solid one; re-signing winger Ruslan Fedontenko to a one-year, $1.4 million dollar deal.
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Here at Blue Line Station, we liked how Feds performed in his first season with the Rangers. He did everything that was asked of him from day one and, out of the veteran free agents the Rangers have, was most deserving to be back next season.
There was some speculation a couple weeks back that Fedotenko was seeking a multi-year contract and the reason a deal hadn’t been struck was due to the gap in money both parties were seeking. However, it seems like that wasn’t the case and Feds was content in playing under another one-year deal.
It will be interesting how the roster pans out from this point. In signing 2 forwards today, it’s created a log-jam at that position and if they do bring in Brad Richards, it will only exacerbate that. It could mean the competition come training camp to make a spot on the Rangers will be fierce. On the other hand, it could force Glen Sather to trade, demote, or buy out additional forwards.