Earlier in the off season, the Philadelphia Flyers were able to reach an agreement with free agent Ruslan Fedotenko to bring him back to the city of brotherly love where his NHL career began.
Fedotenko’s deal made perfect sense for the Flyers from a financial standpoint because GM Paul Holmgren was still trying to acquire Rick Nash and Shea Weber, both of whom would have eaten up a lot of cap space. Fedotenko was signed to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million. This season, according to CapGeek.com, Fedotenko will make the sixth highest amount of money among Flyers forwards.
After Fedotenko’s first two seasons in Philadelphia (2000-2002), he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for two draft picks, one of which was used to draft Joni Pitkanen. In his four seasons with the Lightning, Fedotenko played consistent, well-rounded hockey and helped them win the 2004 Stanley Cup, scoring both goals in a 2-1 Game 7 victory against the Calgary Flames.