New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Fedor Tyutin.
Tyutin, 23, skated in 77 games with the Rangers last season, registering six goals and 19 assists for 25 points, along with 58 penalty minutes. Among team defensemen, he ranked first in power play goals (four), tied for first in goals (six) and was second in scoring with 25 points. In addition, Tyutin picked up one assist along with four penalty minutes in eight games for Team Russia at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.
In 2004-05, he split the season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League and SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Hockey League. In 13 games with the Wolf Pack, Tyutin collected two goals and one assist, along with 10 penalty minutes. On November 15, 2004, he joined SKA St. Petersburg, and in 35 games with the Russian club, he tallied five goals and three assists, along with 24 penalty minutes.
The 6-2, 204-pound defenseman has appeared in 102 career NHL games, all with the Rangers, registering eight goals and 24 assists for 32 points, along with 72 penalty minutes. In 2003-04, Tyutin made his NHL debut on February 12 at Philadelphia and picked up his first NHL point on February 16 vs. Ottawa. In 56 career AHL contests with Hartford, he collected seven goals and 10 assists, along with 60 penalty minutes.
While playing in the Russian Hockey League for three seasons with SKA St. Petersburg and AK Bars Kazan (2000-01, 2002-03, 2004-05), Tyutin recorded eight goals and eight assists, along with 68 penalty minutes in 89 games. During the 2001-02 season, he opted to play in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Guelph Storm. In 53 games with the Storm, Tyutin registered 19 goals and 40 assists for 59 points, along with 54 penalty minutes. That season, he tied for third in scoring among all OHL defensemen with 59 points.
Internationally, Tyutin has represented his country at the World Junior Championships three times, winning gold each time (2001, 2002, 2003). In six games at the 2003 tournament, he registered three assists, along with 12 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating. His plus-10 rating tied for second-best among all players.
The native of Izhevsk, Russia was the Rangers second round draft choice, 40th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.