Ruslan Fedotenko, in his second tour of duty with the Flyers, voiced his displeasure with how he was used this year. Amongst his biggest gripes was the lack of ice time he saw, including time on the power play.
Rusty Feds, as the Flyers Faithful have come to calling him, was brought into Philadelphia to fill the role of bottom-six forward and strengthen the penalty kill. Fedotenko’s role was also to provide a strong veteran presence in a locker room filled with youth.
Fedotenko came back to Philadelphia after a strong campaign in the KHL during the lockout. He played top-line minutes and often went head-to-head against the opposition’s top line. In Philadelphia, Fedotenko continued his role as checking line center, but the minutes were not there.
The journeyman forward finished the year with career lows in goals (four) and points (17) as well as averaging 12:34 of ice time per game (also a career low). The Russian winger filled Flyer expectations, but not his own.
Fedotenko enters unrestricted free agency this summer and, as stated above, it is unlikely that the 11-year veteran will return to the Flyers for one more year. Although the 34-year-old still has the ability and talent to play in the NHL, there is the possibility that the Russian will return home to the KHL, where he would receive more playing time and money.
Here is wishing Rusty Feds good luck with the rest of his career in the KHL.