July 4, 2007


According to http://www.rds.ca/hockey/chroniques/232191.html, the New York Islanders have signed winger Ruslan Fedotenko to a 1-year, $2.9 million contract. Fedotenko, 28, had a subpar season last year for the Tampa Bay Lighting scoring just 12 goals and 20 assists in 80 games, and found himself in coach John Tortorella's dog house. In 05-06, Fedotenko had 26 goals and 15 assists in 80 games. Fedotenko is more well know for his outstading play in the 2004 playoffs as he was a huge part of helping the Lightning win the Stanley cup (12 goals in 22 games). While this isn't the biggest of names, it certainly does fill a need. At 6'2", Fedotenko plays a decent 2-way game. I'd look for him to be on one of the Isles top lines next season. It is very possible that Nolan can get the most out of him if he can help him out of the confidence issues that he has been known to have. At this point, I'm not going to even complain about price as the Islanders need some players. It is uncler if the Isles have anything else planned right now, but as always we will keep you up to date with the latest.

You can read what the Islanders have to say about "the Tank" here:http://islanders.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=327160

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