In a continuing summer series we take a look at what went wrong this season. Rather than do one giant post about the 2009-2010 season, we figured we would just break it down into pieces. One painful step at a time.
The begining of the end started way back on July 3, 2009. Ruslan Fedotenko was re-signed to a 1 year, 1.8 million deal.
In 65 games in 2008-09 he had 39 points, 16 goals. He was a +18.
But Tenk was signed soley based on his playoff stats; 14 points in 24 games. The chemistry he developed with Max Talbot and Geno Malkin was something to get excited about.
But lord were we fooled. If you think about it we were excited about a third line player who had a decent playoffs and a pedestrian regular season.
Even worse we credited Tenk with being unselfish.
As the season started, game-by-game nothing was really different about Fedotenko. He had an okay October: 3 goals, 3 assists, whatev.
But it didn't take long to see what was going on. On any given night you would see the following:
Someone dumps the puck in. Fedotenko skates into the zone. Fedotenko misses the puck. Other team carries puck out of zone.
Rinse. Watch. Repeat.
The night manager at your local Wendy's had more effective shifts in the course of the week than Ruslan Fedotenko.
What made this even worse was Fedotenko was playing on the second line. He basically sabatoged Evgeni Malkin's entire season. Shows you how soft this blog got because we never said anything. We thought he would eventually snap out of it.
A breakdown of his season reveals one thing.
Ruslan Fedotenko sucked. In six games in February, he was a -7. SIX GAMES. A minus 17 for the entire year. Terrible.
Tenk responded to the horrid February with a solid March. But even a blind homo finds a man eventually.
From April to May, he didn't do anything. His biggest moment in the playoffs was when he turned the puck over and let the Senators score the game tying goal in Game five.
Overall he played in only six games in the playoffs. No goals, no assists. Three shots on goal. Yawn.
No matter what team he plays for next season, their media guide will list player highlights from the 2009-2010 season. Fedotenko's major accomplishment will read...
Ruslan took a giant, 25 minute shit before a game in December.