The Rangers remained in a holding pattern when it comes to the big names available on the trade market Thursday, but one of the smaller names who had made some good contributions during the past two seasons left in free agency.
Ruslan Fedotenko signed a one-year, $1.75-million contract with the Flyers Thursday. The 33-year-old winger, who won a Stanley Cup with John Tortorella's Lightning in 2004 and one with the Penguins in 2009, was expendable from the Rangers' bottom six forward group after they signed former Coyotes wing Taylor Pyatt on Tuesday.
Fedotenko had two goals and five assists in the Rangers' 20-game playoff run after going 9-11-20 in 73 games in the regular season.
The Rangers have shuffled their depth forward group since the start of free agency Sunday, losing Fedotenko, Brandon Prust and John Mitchell and adding Arron Asham, Pyatt and former Islander Micheal Haley.
There was no movement on the trade front Thursdayregarding the Blue Jackets' Rick Nash or the Ducks' Bobby Ryan.
Thursdaywas the league-wide deadline for players to file for salary arbitration, and Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman was one of 16 players to do so.
No other Rangers or Islanders were eligible.
NHL labor talks resume. The league and the players association met Thursdayat the NHL offices, the second day of talks in a week, with a third scheduled for Friday.
Islanders players John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Rick DiPietro reportedly were among the small group of players who joined association chief Don Fehr for the talks.
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