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The KHL team Donbass Donetsk had to fold for war-related reasons--the first time I've ever heard that statement used regarding hockey--last season, and Ukrainian native Ruslan Fedotenko tells ESPN's Tal Pinchevsky that his hockey career and personal life have taken an entwined path since conflict embroiled Eastern Ukraine and Donetsk in particular:
It seemed like such a perfect fit when Ukrainian-born Ruslan Fedotenko signed a three-year deal with HC Donbass of the Kontinental Hockey League on July 2, 2013.
With a résumé that includes stints with five NHL teams over 12 seasons, and Stanley Cup victories with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, he was already his country's top hockey export. A decade after representing Ukraine at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, Fedotenko returned home during the 2012-13 NHL lockout to play with Donbass, a club located in the southeastern city of Donetsk. Offered a generous salary and an opportunity to help build hockey in Ukraine, he was hailed as a hero when he returned for a second go-around.
Just 20 months after being named captain and becoming the face of Ukrainian hockey, Fedotenko, 36, is now skating with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. It's his first minor league stint since he broke into the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers, in 2000. But any career struggles Fedotenko has encountered are nothing compared to the violence that has engulfed his home country.
"A lot of people are dying [in Ukraine] every day, innocent people," Fedotenko said. "It puts perspective. I didn't find a [NHL] team yet, but at least I'm alive and I have peace over my head versus people who I still talk to back in Donetsk who go shelter to shelter and are just trying to survive bombings."
Pinchevsky continues, and this is a hard story to read--especially given that Donbass Donetsk's arena is now a firebombed hulk, and that the city where players from all over the world called home until war came to their doorstep--but sometimes we "need to be reminded" that, in more than a few places around the world, people still have to leave their homes to play hockey because the threat of war, ethnic or religious-based violence remain present dangers.
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that the club has signed forward Ruslan Fedotenko and defenseman Bruno Gervais to contracts today.
Fedotenko returns for his second stint with the Flyers after beginning his NHL career with Philadelphia in 2000-01 through the 2001-02 season.
“Ruslan is a good two-way forward that can play either wing and will bring experience and depth to our forward group,” said Holmgren.
He is coming off the past two seasons with the New York Rangers, recording nine goals and 20 points in 73 regular season games this past season, while adding another seven points (2G-5A) and a plus-7 rating in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games during the Rangers run to the Eastern Conference Final.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Campbellization of the NHL Department of Player Safety is complete.
No doubt that while acting as the league’s chief discipline officer, Colin Campbell believed in his heart he was acting in the league’s best interest when he combed through the rule book searching for technicalities in order to grant leniency to miscreants who came before the bar.
Now, his successor, Brendan Shanahan, apparently has adopted the same philosophical approach in dealing with defendants who come before his court after having begun his tenure with a heavy gavel that caught everyone’s attention and suggested victims of senseless aggression on the rink would finally get justice.
The decision not to suspend the Lightning’s Dominic Moore after his head-high shoulder concussed Ruslan Fedotenko at the Garden on Thursday — because the shoulder knocked the Ranger’s stick into his own head — is straight out of the previous script that apparently has reappeared as the NHL’s bible.
Ruslan Fedotenko was the recipient of the hit.
You can be the judge, multiple angles of the hit in the video.
from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,
“Do I have a problem with it? Sure, why wouldn’t I?” Tortorella said. “We get these (head shot) tapes sent to us during the summer and at the beginning of the year. Why send them? It’s a waste.”
Replays indicate Carcillo got his elbow up on Fedotenko, who was falling to the ice when contact was made.
“I saw him in the middle of the ice and the puck was there,” Carcillo said. “He kind of went down right when I got to him. My elbows were in. I know it looks bad, but I didn’t try to hit his head or anything.
“I don’t think anything (Tortorella) says is going to change anything. It is what it is. It’s not like I took strides toward him. I know they’re cracking down on that, so I imagine I’ll get a phone call.”
Ruslan Fedotenko was OK after staying on the ice for a bit. Not penalty to Carcillo.
Ruslan Fedotenko has confirmed that he has accepted an offer from the New York Rangers to attend their training camp on a tryout basis.
The 31-year old Fedotenko suffered through statistically the worst season in nearly a decade last year, scoring 11 goals and adding 19 assists while posting a team worst -17 rating with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He was also held scoreless in six playoff games.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
Q: Things are going well in the Eastern Conference finals. Is this where you expected the Penguins to be when the playoffs started?
A: We knew we had a good team, had a good chance. It depends on if we play our game, if we play to the best of our potential. And so far, we’ve been doing that.
Q: How has skating on a playoff line with Evgeni Malkin been?
A: It’s been great. He’s a good player. Some games we’re on it, some games not as well. It’s like any other team, any other player. It’s trying to make more consistent games and be a big factor to help the team.
Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko will miss four to six weeks with a broken right hand, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Fedotenko suffered the injury January 6 versus the Atlanta Thrashers and has been placed on injured reserve.
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Riding shotgun for Sidney Crosby seems like the easiest duty the NHL has to offer. Sometimes, though, looks can be deceiving.
It takes a player with a special set of skills—and a high dose of confidence—to play on Crosby’s flank. The Penguins are hoping Ruslan Fedotenko, signed as a free agent from the New York Islanders this summer, emerges as that player.
“I think with Sid, you need to be a certain type of player,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “I like the way (Fedotenko) plays. He’s got decent speed, he’s good on the boards, and he has the capability to finish.”
RDS (French) is reporting that both Miroslav Satan and Ruslan Fedotenko have been signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins—Satan for $3.5 million and Fedotenko for $2.25 million.
Update 1:51pm ET: TSN confirms with the same details.
Update 2:38pm ET: Press release from the Penguins, re. Fedotenko, is below.
Update 3:15pm ET: Press release on Satan, also now added below.