RDS, the French Canadian sister network to TSN, is reporting the Penguin have agreed to terms with Islanders forward Miroslav Satan and Ruslan Fedotenko. Both deals are for one year. Satan will get $3.5 million while Fedotenko will make $2.5.
EN Says: We like these signings a lot. They're low risk and not long term. Satan is a Petr Sykora type of player. He will get shots on net. Assuming he's teamed with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin and he stays healthy, he has the potential of 35 or even 40 goals. Motivation has been a problem for Satan through out this career, but we have to imagine Michel Therrien, Crosby and others will find a way to keep him interested.
In 80 games, Satan only had 16 goals last season which was the lowest of his career. It should be noted that the Islanders had several players miss stretches of time due to injuries. Only two players (Mike Comrie and Bill Guerin) even hit the 20-goal mark last season.
If nothing else, it keeps Satan from racking up points against the Penguins. In his career, he has recorded 45 points in 56 games against Pittsburgh. Only the Maple Leafs (50) and Rangers (48) have allowed more points to Satan.
Satan scored his 300th career goal against the Penguins in the 2006-07 season:
A few other of Satan's highlights in his time with the Islanders:
Satan and Sykora actually got into a "fight" last season:
Fedotenko is a second- or third-line type of player. He's someone who's willing to go to the net. He's not a Ryan Malone by any means, but he has 20-goal potential. He won the Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004. He played in only 67 games last season due to a knee injury.
Fedotenko can finish provided someone gives him a nice set up:
While this certainly doesn't close the door on bringing in someone like Markus Naslund or Jaromir Jagr, it definitely doesn't make bringing a player like that an immediate issue.
We predict "Satan" jokes will be old and busted by the preseason. When you look at profile pages for Satan at various sports Web sites, the number "666" is sometimes included in the URL:
Sports Illustrated - http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/players/666/
Satan apparently has an official Web site that hasn't been updated in quite sometime. It still lists him as a Buffalo Sabre, an organization he hasn't played with since the 2003-04 season.