Ruslan Fedotenko still has a desire to get back to the NHL.
The 36-year-old Ukrainian hasn’t played in the NHL since appearing in 47 games with the Philadelphia Flyers during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
After spending the 2013-14 season in the KHL, Fedotenko was a camp invite with the New Jersey Devils last year, but failed to turn the tryout into a contract.
In January, he signed a tryout contract with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League and scored three goals in 13 games with the Minnesota affiliate.
Fedotenko played well enough during his brief AHL stint to earn a one-year, two-way deal with the Wild worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $250,000 in the AHL for the upcoming season.
“I still feel pretty good and physically fit,” Fedotenko told The Des Moines Register. “At some point, when I realize I am getting too old or too slow and I cannot help the team, then I think I need to kind of look in the mirror and say, ‘Maybe, that’s enough.’
“I still have that passion to win another Cup.”
In parts of 12 NHL seasons Fedotenko, who won Stanley Cups with Tampa Bay (2004) and Pittsburgh (2009) has 173 goals and 366 points while appearing in 863 games.
Minnesota’s Thomas Vanek is feeling good after undergoing hernia surgery in June, according to the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo. The 31-year-old forward has resumed skating and is expected to be ready for training camp.
The injury was bothering Vanek for a lot of the second half of the 2014-15 campaign, according to Wild GM Chuck Fletcher. Despite that, Vanek was fairly consistent in the regular season in terms of his offensive production.
He had 21 goals and 52 points in 80 games in 2014-15, with 30 of his points coming in his final 45 contests. He also never had a scoring slump last more than four games. In the playoffs, he registered four assists in 10 contests.
That was the first season of Vanek’s three-year, $19.5 million contract with Minnesota.
Erik Haula and the Minnesota Wild couldn’t agree to terms before their arbitration hearing on Friday, but they have managed to come to a settlement before the arbitrator was forced to pass judgment.
The Wild announced that they have signed Haula to a two-year contract. They didn’t reveal the financial terms of the deal, but it’s a two-year, $2 million contract, according to the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.
Haula was asking for $1.2 million in arbitration. Minnesota countered at $775K, which would have been a pay cut from his salary of $900K in 2014-15.
The 24-year-old forward had seven goals and 14 points in 72 contests last season. He only averaged 12:09 minutes of ice time per game, but he was leaned on heavily in shorthanded situations on a team that killed a league-best 86.3% of its penalties.