Fedotenko eyeing a return to the NHL

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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.

Backstrom (illness) out vs. Philly

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Niklas Backstrom, who was supposed to get the start against Philadelphia tonight, is a late scratch due to an illness the Minnesota Wild announced.

The club recalled John Curry from the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild on an emergency basis Tuesday.

Darcy Kuemper will get the start versus the Flyers. Kuemper, who is 11-9-0 this season with a 2.56 G.A.A. and a .903 save percentage, has been pulled from his last five home starts.

Schroeder, Bickel recalled by Minnesota Wild

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The Minnesota Wild have recalled forward Jordan Schroeder and defenseman Stu Bickel from Iowa of the American Hockey League.

Schroeder, a first round pick of the Vancouver Canucks (22nd overall) in 2009, leads Iowa in points (11), assists (7) and shots (37) in 12 games this season. The Prior Lake, Minn native appeared in 56 career NHL games in parts of two seasons with the Canucks scoring six goals and 15 points. The 24-year-old signed a two-year, $1.2 million contract with Minnesota on July 11.

Bickel, 28, three assists and a team-leading 30 penalty minutes in nine games with Iowa this season. The Chanhassen, Minn., appeared in five preseason games with the NHL club registering an assist and 19 penalty minutes while playing both forward and defense. Bickel has appeared in 67 career NHL games with the New York Rangers registering nine assists and 157 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 18 playoff games with the Rangers. Bickel signed as a free agent with Minnesota on July 1.

Both players spent time with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. If they play, Bickel and Schroeder will become the 19th and 20th Minnesota natives to appear in a game for the Wild.

Minnesota returns to action Thursday night when they entertain the Buffalo Sabres.

Former Sens AHL coach Kleinendorst lands Wild minor league job

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Former Binghamton Senators head coach Kurt Kleinendorst is back in the AHL.

After spending last season coach the University of Alabama-Huntsville in the NCAA, Kleinendorst has signed on to be the head coach of the Iowa Wild. Michael Russo of The Star Tribune says the move will be announced on Monday.

Kleinendorst has had a wild ride of late in coaching. He spent two seasons coaching the Ottawa farm team from 2010 through 2012 and led them to a Calder Cup championship in his first season. After that second season, however, he wasn’t brought back as the team hired Luke Richardson instead leading to him coaching UAH last season.

Kleinendorst replaces John Torchetti as the head man as he’s taken a head coaching job in the KHL.