Ruslan Fedotenko Reports To Flyers Camp, Plans On Playing In Russia During NHL Lockout

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 14: Marc Staal #18 and Ruslan Fedotenko #19 of the New York Rangers celebrate a goal by Fedotenko during the third period of a hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden on November 14 2010 in New York New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Ruslan Fedotenko will play in Russia in case of an extended lockout.

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).

You can read more about the Philadelphia Flyers at Broad Street Hockey. For more on the NHL draft and additional news, notes and analysis around the league during the season and offseason, be sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated hub page.


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