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Flyers failed season leaves Fedotenko shocked

Apr 27, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

Ruslan Fedotenko #26 of the Philadelphia Flyers clears the puck in the third period against the New York Rangers on March 5, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.The New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2.
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Watching the Philadelphia Flyers last season, forward Ruslan Fedotenko believed that they needed more defensive players and he hoped to help fill that void when he inked a one-year, $1,750,000 contract.

He had winning the Stanley Cup for a third time on his mind going into this season, so you can imagine how he feels as Flyers sit in 12th place in the Eastern Conference going into their season finale against the Ottawa Senators tonight.

“I never thought we would not be in the playoffs,” Fedotenko told CSN Philly. “And I feel like I don’t know. I feel a lot of people feel the same way. No one thought we would be out and not fighting for playoffs.

“Whatever word you can use, I feel it is pretty shocking looking back. It’s not the season anyone expected.”

Of the moves that the Philadelphia Flyers have made over the last couple of years, the addition of Fedotenko is particularly easy to like. He wasn’t exactly a splashy signing, but he leads the team with a plus-eight rating, has played physically without spending too much time in the sin bin, and chipped in a bit offensively.

Fedotenko is used to being on teams that compete. He won the Stanley Cup in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning and again in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“For me, this is kind of like new territory,” Fedotenko said. “In my 13-year career, the only time I ever missed the playoffs was with the Islanders. I had an MCL knee injury.

“When I played, I knew I was competing for the playoffs. Playing for pride to make the playoffs and knowing you are going to be there. This, it’s a first for me. It’s very disappointing.”

Fedotenko cited a lack of consistency when talking about the Flyers’ downfall this season. He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

  1. DonkeyStick - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Tonights game can’t end soon enough!

  2. jkulha86 - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    That’s because all Ruslan Fedotenko does is win. The man, the myth, the legend.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Honestly you all know I’m a “closet pens fans” and hate the flyers. Although I honestly am surprised they did not make the playoffs. Girouxe failing and the failed defense core is a big shock.

    • laxman1944 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      Not surprising at all, weak on the blue line and not big enough on the wing

  4. mclovinhockey - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Guess this means rusty will try to find a new home next season.
    Would love to see him as part of the depth next year again
    He played great and it’s not a hard one to figure out Philly will be back in the playoffs next year. Heck if this was a full season, the way Philly has turned around recently by playing D (guess the phantoms teach decent D since we only have 1 of the top 9 D in right now) it’s not a stretch to say they could have made the playoffs with a full season.

    I am hoping they cut some of that very expensive D core to bring up guys like Ollie, Bourdon, Manning and Gus for more games next year.

    • jkay1818 - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      right, go with the if there were 82 games excuse.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        Math must not be your strong suit.

      • mclovinhockey - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        being 5 points out with about half a season to go while the Flyer finally got their groove back, yeah if there was 82 games the Flyers chances of making the playoffs would be very high.

        Fact is, if there was 48 games last year guess who would have missed the playoffs… the kings. Just saying.

  5. haterzinc - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:27 PM . Where flyer talk is an year long job. Breaking news flyers release there 8 th defenseman

    • laxman1944 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM


  6. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    What a shame Ruslan…the playoffs are never a guarantee for any team. He took the sticker price of the Flyers for a year and inturn he got the shaft as a result. The excuse of a full 82 game schedule doesn’t mean anything flyer fans.

  7. whammy71 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Too many gingers and a girl for a Captain….what do you expect. The straw that stirred the drink was Jagr when it came to Claudia Gayrioux…and he can’t play forever. JJ’s an NHL whore at this point….”highest bidder please” is his motto. Too many casino tabs and failed business ventures back home.

  8. ironcity6pak - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    So nice to see the flyers flop.

  9. President Charles Logan - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    lol how sad is this site if they are posting articles about an old washed up russian

  10. broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Can’t wait for the Hens next consecutive first round flop.

  11. bobhpine - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    1975… Long time ago

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