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Penguins Sign Ruslan Fedotenko

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Ruslan Fedotenko to a one-year contract, it was announced Thursday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Fedotenko, 29, scored 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) in 67 games with the New York Islanders during the 2007-08 season.  He led the team and registered a career-high with eight power play goals.  Fedotenko equaled a career-high three-game goal streak from February 12th to 16th, scoring four goals, including two game-winners.  He finished fourth on the Islanders with 104 hits.

Fedotenko has played 53 career playoff games, scoring 17 points (13 goals, four assists).  He was a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning when they captured the Stanley Cup following the 2003-04 season.  Fedotenko tied for the team lead in those playoffs with 12 goals, including both goals in the 2-1 series-clinching victory vs. the Calgary Flames.  The 6-2, 195-pound native of Kiev, Ukraine scored a career-high 41 points (26 goals, 15 assists) during the 2005-06 season with the Lightning.

Fedotenko was originally signed as an undrafted free agent for the Philadelphia Flyers in August 1999.  He made his NHL debut with the Flyers during the 2000-01 season and played one more season with the team before being traded to Tampa Bay on June 21st, 2002.  After four seasons with Tampa Bay, he signed as a free agent with the New York Islanders on July 4th, 2007.  Fedotenko has played seven NHL seasons totaling 239 points (123 goals, 116 assists) in 523 career games.

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