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Fedotenko eyeing a return to the NHL


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.

Report: Antropov mulling NHL return

Nik Antropov

Nikolai Antropov, a veteran of nearly 800 NHL contests that last played for Winnipeg in ’13, could be eyeing a North American return.

Per Russian outlet Sport Express, Antropov’s agent, Shumi Babaev, said his client is mulling a NHL comeback rather than re-sign with KHL club Barys Astana.

The 35-year-old scored 21 points in 39 games last year for Barys, his second season with the team.

It remains to be seen how serious this “comeback” is. Antropov would be intriguing on a couple of fronts: One, he’s still 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds. Two, his last year with the Jets was pretty decent — 15 goals and 35 points in 69 games.

He also has a son, Daniel, that’s currently playing high-level minor hockey in Toronto for the Don Mills Flyers program, so it’s not that hard to fathom him wanting to return.

All that said, it’s tough to see any team making a huge play for Antropov, who turns 36 in February and was never considered the fastest skater. That said, another veteran European — Ruslan Fedotenko — returned from a one-year stint in the KHL last season, and caught on with Minnesota’s AHL affiliate last season.

Risk Factors: New Jersey Devils edition

Patrik Elias, Adam Henrique

From the same bunch of pessimists who brought you “Why your team won’t win the Stanley Cup,” PHT presents a new series called “Risk Factors,” i.e. three reasons to be worried about each NHL team in 2014-15.

New Jersey Devils

1. Not getting younger

A 28-year-old player told me last season that it’s a “young man’s game now” imagine what said player thinks looking at the roster of the New Jersey Devils. The Devils have nine players on their 23-man roster released Tuesday who are 32-years or older.

New Jersey entered the 2013-14 as the oldest team in the NHL and in the offseason they went out and got older. Despite 42-year-old Martin Brodeur not returning, the Devils went from an average age of 29.83 last season to 31.23 this season. Leading the way of course is 42-year-old future hall of famer Jaromir Jagr. The Devils also went out and added 33-year-old Martin Havlat and 32-year-old Mike Cammalleri in the summer. In goal, to replace the aging Brodeur, GM Lou Lamoriello went out and acquired 37-year-old goaltender Scott Clemmensen to backup Cory Schneider.

New Jersey also made news last month inviting several aging veterans to its’ camp. Despite cutting Ruslan Fedotenko (35), Tomas Kaberle (36) and Mike Komisarek (32), Jordin Tootoo (31) was signed on Tuesday and Scott Gomez (34) remains on a “taxi squad” awaiting a contract offer.

Without even counting Gomez, the Devils forward group carries an average age of 30.8.

2. No training wheels for Schneider

For the first time in his career Schneider enters the season as the clear-cut No.1 goaltender in New Jersey.

In years previous he had the comfort of knowing Brodeur or Roberto Luongo were around, but this season he’ll be expected to carry the load and start 60-plus games for the Devils. If last season is any indication, he can handle a heavier load. Schneider appeared in a career-high 45 games for the Devils finishing with a third-best 1.97 GAA and his .921 save percentage was better than both Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick.

There’s no reason to think Schneider can’t start 65 or so games, but we haven’t seen him do it and until we do, the jury is still out on whether Schneider can handle the workload of a No. 1. If he falters, or heaven forbid suffers serious injury, the Devils will have to rely on Clemmensen, who is back in New Jersey after tours in the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers organizations.

Is there cause for concern with regards to Schneider as a No. 1? There could be if the Devils fail in the goal scoring department and put further pressure on Schneider to be near perfect every night.

3. Where are the goals going to come from?

Relying on a 42-year-old to carry your offense is a recipe for disaster – the Devils did just that in 2013-14 as Jagr led the team with 24 goals, 43 assists and 67 points.

This isn’t the early 90’s, the Devils cannot continue like that.

Lamoriello signed Cammalleri and Havlat this summer with the hopes of adding to the offence. Only three teams finished with a worse goals-for per-game (2.40) than New Jersey last season. Not surprisingly neither of the three were playoff teams.

Cammalleri’s 26 goals in 2013-14 with the Calgary Flames would’ve led the Devils, but it was also his highest output since the 2009-10 season when he was a member of the Montreal Canadiens. The former L.A. Kings second-round pick hadn’t reached the 20 goal plateau in four seasons prior to last year so expecting him to score 25-plus again, might be asking for too much.

Havlat was bought out of the final year of his contract with the San Jose Sharks in June after scoring 12 goals and 22 points in 48 games last season. His tenure in the Bay Area was mired by injuries and the hope in New Jersey is that reuniting Halvlat with his countrymen Patrik Elias and Jagr will help the former Ottawa Senators first-round pick get closer to the 22 goals he scored while a member of the Minnesota Wild in 2010-11.

Devils release Komisarek from tryout


Prior to training camp the New Jersey Devils invited several NHL veterans on tryouts, on Sunday, the first was cut.

Defenseman Mike Komisarek was released by the club during its’ latest round of cuts.

Forwards Jordin Tootoo, Ruslan Fedotenko and Scott Gomez along with blue liners Tomas Kaberle and Komisarek were offered camp tryouts by Devils GM Lou Lamoriello.

Tootoo and Gomez are expected in the Devils lineup tonight when they host the Philadelphia Flyers.

Komisarek, who appeared in 32 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, could be nearing the end of his career unless he elects to explore options in Europe.

In 551 career NHL games with the Canadiens, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes, Komisarek, 32, has 81 points.

Komisarek was originally the seventh overall pick at the 2001 NHL Draft by Montreal.

Goaltender Scott Wedgewood along with defensemen Renat Mamashev and Corbin McPherson and forward Joe Whitney were assigned to Albany of the American Hockey League.

Merrill practicing, Gomez to get another look in New Jersey


There’s good news on the injury front for the New Jersey Devils as defenseman Jon Merrill returned to practicing with his teammates Sunday.

Merrill, who has been out since Sept. 19 after colliding with teammate Ruslan Fedotenko, had been skating on his own according to GM Lou Lamoriello.

“He’s cleared. We’ve been over-protective,” Lamoriello told the Star-Ledger.

Merrill was left feeling woozy after his collision with Fedotenko and needed help off the ice.

The 22-year-old won’t be in the lineup Sunday when the Devils host the Philadelphia Flyers in preseason action, but veteran camp invite Scott Gomez will.

Gomez is expected to center a line of Tuomo Ruutu and Damien Brunner according to Devils beat reporter Tom Gulitti.