The Penguins continued to add pieces to their puzzle Thursday.
With most of their core locked up in long-term contracts, Penguins General Manager Ray Shero and his staff were busy signing a pair of wingers – Miroslav Satan and Ruslan Fedotenko – to fill holes on the team’s offensive lines.
Fedotenko, 29, tallied 33 points (16+17) 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. He finished fourth on the Islanders with 104 hits.
Fedotenko has played 53 career playoff games, scoring 17 points (13+4). He was a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning when they captured the Stanley Cup in 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+15) during the 2005-06 season with the Lightning.
“I think Ruslan is going to be able to play, as he has throughout his NHL career, on the top three lines,” Shero said. “He can play anywhere in the lineup, so I think that’s going to be a good addition for us. He has size and he’s won a Stanley Cup and been a good contributor in the league.”
Satan, 33, skated in 80 games with the New York Islanders last season and registered 41 points (16+25). He was tied for third on the club in scoring and finished second on the team with four game-winning goals. Satan collected 13 points on the power play (5+8) ranking fourth on the club.
He has recorded 25 or more goals in nine of his 12 seasons and scored 30 or more goals on four occasions. He posted a career-high 40 goals during the 1998-99 season and a career-high 75 points (26+49) during the 2003-04 season, both with Buffalo. He has appeared in 80 or more games in eight NHL seasons, including in each of the past four years. Satan has skated in 56 career playoff games, scoring 38 points (15+23), including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final following the 1998-99 season.
“Satan should be able to play on the top two lines – that would be the goal. He’ll be a good power-play guy. He has the size and the skill and he has great hands,” Shero said. “We talked about it a year ago at almost the same time with the Petr Sykora signing. It’s the same type of thing. Satan said to me that he was watching the playoffs and in the second round he said this was a team he had to play for and hoped he could be here. So, his interest in Pittsburgh was there from the start.”
Both Fedotenko and Satan signed one-year deals with the Penguins.
“These are one-year deals for both of these guys, so I think motivationally for these guys, they will really push themselves and it can be invigorating for their careers to get with a group of guys with a lot of skill. Both of these guys should be able to help us out,” Shero said. “By signing these two players, I think it gives balance to our lineup.We have eight NHL defensemen at this point and our goaltending is all signed up. At this time, we have 10 NHL forwards and I think we’re in good shape now. We’re still kind of looking around for one or two that might be able to fit, but if not, we’re going to have plenty of time from now until the season starts to get the right people, whether it’s by free agency or maybe trade or waivers – we’ll just see what happens. I think we’ve done a lot in a couple days, so we’ll sit back a little bit and see where we are and talk to the coaching staff and make sure we have the right complement of players before we go too fast. We’ll see where we go.”