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NY Rangers reward Ruslan Fedotenko for solid preseason with one-year, $1M contract

New Jersey Devils v New York Rangers

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Ruslan Fedotenko #19 of the New York Rangers falls on top of Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils during their pre season game on September 23, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Al Bello

It seems like in most cases this off-season, veteran skaters seeking NHL contracts through tryouts have been left out in the cold. That was the case with Bill Guerin and Kyle Wellwood, but it looks like former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko might just stick with the New York Rangers after a strong preseason.

Here is more from TSN.

Ruslan Fedotenko has been rewarded for his strong pre-season as he has signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the New York Rangers.

The 31-year old Fedotenko, who had been in Rangers’ camp on a tryout basis, impressed the Rangers’ brass sufficiently by leading the team in scoring during the pre-season with one goal and six assists in five pre-season games. He appears to have found some decent chemistry in camp on the Rangers third line with shift disturber Sean Avery and rookie Derek Stepan.

Fedotenko doesn’t have the highest ceiling, but the Rangers need all the help they can get since both Vaclav Prospal and Chris Drury will probably begin the season on the injured reserve. He won’t make their troubling situation at center go away as a winger, but the team needs all the help they can get.