Saturday, September 11, 2010

Exelby, Fedotenko & Semenov Get Tryouts With Rangers

According to Andrew Gross:
Turns out, the Rangers gave out two tryout offers Friday night as ex-Thrashers/Maple Leafs defenseman Garnet Exelby was on the ice this morning for the informal group skate, though left wing Ruslan Fedotenko did not participate in the 6-on-6 scrimmage. And today, the Rangers offered a tryout to defenseman Alexei Semenov, who made the team out of training camp last year but wound up going to Russia for a bigger contract. Semenov’s KHL team, the Moscow Dynamo, folded, leaving him at loose ends.
I like the Exelby invite - if he's good enough to push the other guys to be better then great! But I'm perplexed by the decision to invite Semenov back after he rejected the Rangers offer last summer after his tryout. He was ok, but certainly not worthy of the team to go sniffing around his ankles again - there are plenty of other fish in the sea who haven't turned their back on the Rangers for bigger contracts in the KHL.

Bob McKenzie confirmed yesterday that Ruslan Fedotenko has accepted an invitation to the Rangers training camp. Although competition is always a good thing, not sure exactly what this will do with the logjam the Rangers already have, especially at the left wing position. Fedotenko who played last season in Pittsburgh is 31 years old and has two Stanley Cups and is known as a two-way player. In my opinion, he's another third line type player that this team already has an abundance of. 

The one thing working in "Tank's" favor is that he is known for performing when it matters most in the playoffs. Hopefully it pushes the other players in camp even harder, but with the abundance of similarly skilled players fighting for only one or two positions I would have to assume that he's not signed by Sather.

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