||[Oct. 26th, 2005|09:16 am]
'OTHER' FEDOROV GETS CALL-UP BY RANGERS|
By DAN MARTIN
October 26, 2005 -- Fedor Fedorov said he doesn't know why he hasn't been able to make any headway in the NHL.
The 24-year-old brother of All-Star Sergei Fedorov was recalled from Hartford of the AHL yesterday and said that regardless of the reason he has appeared in only 15 games in the league, he is ready to make an impact.
"My heels are against the wall," Fedorov said after his first practice with the Rangers. "I haven't played a lot at all."
He hopes that changes now. The winger, acquired from Vancouver on Oct. 5 in exchange for Jozef Balej, had one goal and four assists in five games with Hartford.
"I've watched my brother play for a long time," said Fedorov, who spent last year playing in his native Russia. He took the roster spot of the suspended Dale Purinton, who was sent down to Hartford again. "Until I get my full shot to play a full season, I can't play anywhere else."
Fedorov worked yesterday with Martin Rucinsky and Steve Rucchin. Head coach Tom Renney said it's too soon to know what can be expected from him.
"This is the first time I've seen him," Renney said. From what he knows, however, he thinks the issue will be tapping his potential. "He's a highly talented offensive player. It's just a matter of application. He's got great size, skates well and handles the puck well."
Tom Poti, who has been benched twice by Renney, thought their meeting on Monday went well, but he wasn't thrilled with the timing.
"It was a nice sit-down," Poti said. "It would have been nicer if it had been before I was benched."
Renney said it was "more than likely" that Poti would skate against the Islanders when the teams meet at the Garden tomorrow.