Throughout the off-season, we here at Pens Universe are going to provide you with player profiles that will summarize our opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of each player as well as highlighting their performance this past season, and we'll also include an outlook for the 2010-2011.
Penalty Mins: 50
Cup Experience; physical winger; former 20 goal scorer.
Overall inconsistency; doesn’t win puck or board battles;
Fedotenko came back to the Pens after the Cup season in similar fashion as Guerin. Though not necessarily integral to winning the Cup, he was a solid role player who made some important plays and seemed to skate well with Geno; he even was tied for 3rd in points in the 08-09 playoffs. However Feds just didn’t pan out this past year. Scoring a career low in points, goals, +/-, and shooting percentage, he often found himself as a healthy scratch, especially in the playoffs. Of the six games he did play this post season he didn’t register one point.
Its always difficult to measure the outlook of a player you know isn’t going to be on your team. Sadly, Feds is as good as gone. From what I understand Shero has no interest in re-signing him. Despite this, I’m positive Feds will find a home on a quality team next season. He has won two Stanley Cups and can be considered a gritty veteran. I wouldn’t expect to see him skating on the top two line of anyone’s team, but I’m guessing there’s a team or two that will be willing to offer him a 1-2 year contract around his current salary.
Worth his salt?
At $1.8MM, actually no. Not when you were expected to skate on Geno’s line. Malkin needs someone more consistent who can light the lamp more than 11 times in a given season.
Staying with the Pens in 2010-11?
I’d like to personally thank Ruslan for his contributions over the past two seasons and his involvement in helping the Pens win the Cup last year. But I must say this: there’s not a single chance of seeing him back in Pittsburgh next year.