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Ruslan Fedotenko signs with Philly

New York Rangers left wing Ruslan Fedotenko (26)

New York Rangers left wing Ruslan Fedotenko (26) is congratulated by teammates after a second-period goal against the Washington Capitals. (Nov. 25, 2011) (Credit: AP)

That's the third UFA player in the Rangers bottom-six who has fled.

Of the three, (John Mitchell, Colorado and Brandon Prust, Montreal) Feds, at 33, is the oldest, and therefore the one I believed most likely to depart when coach John Tortorella said the team would be getting younger.

Remember, he played in Philly before, from 1999-2002. I like Feds, who didn't have the best season (9-11-20), but  a very good playoff run, with two goals and five assists and quality penalty kills.  The Rangers will miss he and Prust on that element of special teams.

It's a one-year deal, which he joked on break-up day that he was used to playing under, and reportedly a $300,000 raise to $1.7 mil.

So another opening for a grinding, depth forward on your Blueshirts.

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