NHL notes: Flyers add Fedotenko, Gervais

Rangers' winger Ruslan Fedotenko controls the puck against the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of the...

Rangers' winger Ruslan Fedotenko controls the puck against the New Jersey Devils in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)

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The Philadelphia Flyers signed free agents Ruslan Fedotenko and Bruno Gervais on Thursday.

Fedotenko, a 33-year-old forward, returns to the city where he began his NHL career in 2000. He played two seasons for the Flyers before being dealt to Tampa Bay, where he won a Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004. He also won a Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.

Fedotenko had nine goals and 11 assists in 73 games last season with the New York Rangers.

Gervais, 27, had six goals and seven assists in 50 games with Tampa Bay last season.

RENNEY A RED WING

Tom Renney, 57, has signed a three-year deal to be an associate coach with the Detroit Red Wings.

Renney coached the Edmonton Oilers the past two seasons but his contract wasn't renewed.

Renney also has coached the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks, compiling a career record of 260-255-9-68. He fills a vacancy created when Jeff Blashill became coach of the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Renney joins Bill Peters on Red Wings coach Mike Babcock's staff.

"He's a hard-working guy who has had lots of success in the game," Babcock said of Renney. "I couldn't have found a more experienced guy -- that's just the facts."

FANS RESPOND WILDLY

The Minnesota Wild had one of the biggest ticket surges in franchise history Wednesday after signing free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

The Wild sold 500 season tickets within two hours of signing the duo and a total of 700 for the day, the Star-Tribune reported.

"With the exception of the day the franchise was granted -- and I've been here since then -- no day matches up to this," Wild COO Matt Majka said. "We're enjoying every minute of this."

With $196 million guaranteed over 13 years to the two players, the Wild could stand to sell a few more ducats.

The team ranked 16th in NHL attendance last season, with an average crowd of 17,772.

BRIEFLY

The Flames have signed centre Mikael Backlund, who had four goals and seven assists in 41 games with Calgary last season. The 23-year-old was the Flames' first-round draft pick in 2007 ... The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Kevin Porter, who spent parts of the past three seasons with the Colorado Avalanche. The 26-year-old has 25 goals and 20 assists in 163 career NHL games ... The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Mathieu Perreault to a two-year extension. The 24-year-old had career highs with 16 goals and 14 assists last season ... The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Philippe Dupuis to a one-year, two-way contract. The 27-year-old had no points in 30 games last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dupuis has six goals and 12 assists in 116 career NHL games.


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