Analysis: Nikolai Zherdev Signs with Philadelphia Flyers

August 25th, 2010 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »

The Flyers added one Nikolai Zherdev to their roster this offseason. This signing, much like last summer’s signing of Ray Emery, has been a hot-button topic.

Zherdev spent last year in the KHL after the New York Rangers walked away when an arbitrator ruled that Zherdev should receive $3.9 million for the 2010 season. Prior to the arbitrator’s decision, the Rangers had offered Zherdev $3.25 million. Zherdev was seeking $4.5 million.

There are a lot of questions surrounding Nikolai Zherdev.

Is he a great player? Does he care about team over self? Is he a good fit in the dressing room? Is he a coach’s nightmare? What is going on in his head?

What follows is by no means the definitive story, but a brief time line of the playing career of Nikolai Zherdev.



The predraft scouting report had the 6’2" Zherdev listed as the most imposing offensive threat coming out of Russia for his draft class.


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