Philadelphia Flyers forward Ruslan Fedotenko reported early to training camp on Monday morning to begin preparing for the 2012-13 regular season. However, with the threat of labor unrest on the horizon, the Ukrainian-born Fedotenko stated that he will be playing in Russia in the event of an extended lockout by the NHL.
With the current collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and its player's association set to expire on Sept. 15, commissioner Gary Bettman has already made it clear that the players will be locked out if a new deal is not reached by the deadline. This has forced players to begin thinking about alternative employment options.
Fedotenko was signed by the Flyers to a one-year contract ($1.75 million) as an unrestricted free agent on July 5. The 33-year-old began his career with the club as an undrafted free agent in 1995.
Over 816 career games in the NHL, Fedotenko has registered 169 goals and 184 assists for 353 points. He has won Stanley Cup championships with the Tampa Bay Lightning (2004) and Pittsburgh Penguins (2009).
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