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Penguins to let Ruslan Fedotenko walk in free agency?
One goal in his last 18 games and seeking some long-term security such as a two year deal. Will the Penguins make an attempt to re-sign forward Ruslan Fedotenko? Read more for the latest Insider Report & more
| Age: 30 | Salary: $2.2 million per season |
|55GP | 13 goals ‚Äì 16 assists ‚Äì 29 pts |
Sources close to the team tell me the Penguins have minimal interest in retaining forward Ruslan Fedotenko and at this point the Penguins have all intentions of letting Fedotenko hit the open market. The main reason the Penguins are expected to let Fedotenko walk is inconsistency. Fedotenko has gone pointless in 13 out of his last 18 games and has been a minus in seven of those 18 games
When general manager Ray Shero met with Allan Walsh the agent for Fedotenko about a month ago, Walsh expressed a desire to seek some long-term security such as a two year deal. The Penguins have absolutely no interest in a two year deal and the Penguins would only be interested in paying Fedotenko third liner money.
While all of the talk has been about getting Sidney Crosby a winger, that focus is going to change to getting Evgeni Malkin a winger this summer. Petr Sykora a free agent as seasons end has expressed a desire to re-sign with the Penguins but talks have ended until after the season.
The same situation happened with Ryan Malone last season when the two sides ended talks weeks prior to the trade deadline. We all know how that worked out. Sykora is seeking a three year deal, while the Penguins don‚Äôt want to go beyond two years.