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Fedotenko’s goal ‘is to play in the NHL next year,’ says agent

Jul 25, 2014, 3:00 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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With his KHL club team, Ukraine-based HC Donbass, having ceased operations after its arena was looted and set afire, longtime NHLer Ruslan Fedotenko is aiming for a return to North America.

“We’ve had multiple discussions with multiple NHL teams,” Fedotenko’s agent, Allan Walsh, told the Toronto Star. “The goal is to play in the NHL next year.”

Fedotenko, 35, hasn’t played in the NHL since the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, when he scored 13 points in 47 games for Philadelphia. It’ll be interesting to see if any teams take a flier on him — though he’s a little long in the tooth and not the fastest skater, he’s a physical presence with extensive playoff experience, having appeared in over 100 career postseason contests while winning a pair of Stanley Cups, with Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.

  1. claysbar - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    .having ceased operations after its arena was looted and set afire..
    If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that one….

  2. DED - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    The team was based in the Ukraine and “its arena was looted and set afire”. Hmmmm, I wonder who might’ve been behind that.

  3. norskhelgen - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    “The arena was already like that when we got their” said Russian rebels.

    • norskhelgen - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      there* NBC Pro Hockey Talk, the most unforgiven site for misspelling lol.

  4. sticks169 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Think any NHL fans are hoping for their teams arena to be looted and burned?

    • petersteelewannabe - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      Is this a thinly veiled shot at Detroit?

  5. jacketsfan7 - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Reports are saying he’s not willing to take a Malaysian airline to get back to North America, they’re saying he chose the mule instead. Interesting

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