Ruslan Fedotenko: Agent denies reports that Fedotenko signed with Donbass (KHL)
Yet the lack of offense, all around, is why the Flyers will seek to replace Fedotenko this summer with a player who can deliver more goals.
“I never thought we would not be in the playoffs,” Fedotenko said. “And I feel like I don’t know. I feel a lot of people feel the same way. No one thought we would be out and not fighting for playoffs.
“Whatever word you can use, I feel it is pretty shocking looking back. It’s not the season anyone expected.”
His agent, Allan Walsh, wanted him to sign with the Flyers last July.
“He liked it and he knew what I was looking for,” Fedotenko said. “He thought it was a good opportunity for me.
“Then again, nobody thought we would be in this situation right now. It is what it is. No one to blame but ourselves for not playing the way we needed to. There was no consistency to our game.”
---------------------------------------------------- May 1:
Yesterday, there were several reports in the Russian media that Ruslan Fedotenko has signed a three-year deal with Ukraine-based KHL team Donbass Donetsk. The Ukrainian forward played for Donbass during the NHL lockout, centering the club's top line.
Fedotenko's NHL agent, Allan Walsh, tweeted a denial of the reports later in the day: "There is no truth to rumors that Ruslan Fedotenko has signed a deal with a team in the KHL. People expressing interest is not a contract."
The impending unrestricted free agent, who has evolved into a defensive specialist the last two years with the Rangers and Flyers, recently expressed unhappiness with that role. Returning to Donbass would make sense in that regard, because he averaged 18:40 of ice time and played in all game situations.
I have no issues with anything he said in this interview. Rusty is a heart and soul kind of player and he had a great year for us. I wish him the best going forward, and by going forward I mean to the western conference or the KHL. The man is an absolute Flyer killer.