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Penguins re-sign Fedotenko - 7-3-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The Penguins have re-signed forward Ruslan Fedotenko to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal have not been released.

In his first season with the Penguins, he scored 39 points (16 goals, 23 assists) in 65 games. He was the Penguins' fourth-leading scorer in the playoffs with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists).

EN Says: Regardless of the money, we have to imagine this rules out a return for Petr Sykora.

We like the signing. Fedotenko's regular season stats will never blow you away (Though, he probably would've hit the 20-goal mark if his fist didn't have an unfortunate run-in with Colby Armstrong's nose), but he does lots of little things that help his team win and he just works well with Evgeni Malkin on the second line. He goes to the net, will work hard along the boards and most importantly, picks his game up in the postseason.

UPDATE: Dave Molinari has the salary cap number at $1.8. Fedotenko made $2.25 million last season.

EN Says: That's a bargain for a second-line winger. That should leave them plenty of room to sign a competent No. 6 or 7 defenseman.

Now, if the Penguins can somehow acquire Henrik Zetterberg, Travis Moen, Frantisek Kaberle, Brendan Shanahan, Alex Tanguay, Jason Arnott and Darren McCarty, they'll have every active player who has scored a Stanley Cup-clinching goal.

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