Fedotenko returns to Flyerdom

Yes, everything old is new again.

The Flyers announced on Thursday afternoon that the club has inked forward Ruslan Fedotenko to a one-year contract worth $1.75 million.

“Ruslan is a good two-way forward that can play either wing and will bring experience and depth to our forward group,” said Flyers GM Paul Holmgren in a statement attached to the signing.

Fedotenko, a Flyers killer and two-time Stanley Cup champion (2004 with Tampa Bay, 2009 in Pittsburgh), was signed by Philadelphia in 2000. He spent his first two North American seasons with the Orange and Black (2000-02), totaling 33 goals and 62 points. Perhaps his most famous moment with the franchise came when he scored the lone goal in overtime to win Game 1 of the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Ottawa, one of just two total goals the Flyers registered in that five-game defeat.

Nicknamed “Rusty,” Fedotenko registered the winning goals in Game 7 of the 2004 Eastern Finals against the Flyers, and also tallied twice in a Game 7 victory over Calgary in that year’s Cup Finals.

The 33-year-old native of Ukraine totaled nine goals and 20 points in 73 games for the New York Rangers last season, some of the lowest totals for each in his 11-year NHL career.

Philly also made a depth move on defense, snagging Bruno Gervais for a two-year deal worth $1.65 million according to NHLnumbers.com with an average annual value of $825k per season.. A 27-year-old Quebec native, Gervais totaled six goals and 13 points in 50 games for the Lightning last season.

While that may seem unimpressive, note that Gervais and Max Talbot have been close for quite a while

“We grew up together. I’ve known Max pretty much forever, he said during a Thursday conference call. “We played together when we were 10 years old back home, so I’ve known him my whole life. We had a similar path. We turned pro at the same time, we played against each other and kept in touch the whole time.”