Zherdev Returning

There is a report today that Nikolai Zherdev has told his agent that it is more likely he would sign in the NHL than back in the KHL. In the two seasons before jumping ship, Zherdev had 61 and 58 points for Columbus and the Rangers. He made $3.25 million in his season in the League, so I don’t expect him to get even above $3 million, especially since he only had 39 points in 52 games for Mytishchi Atlant. In comparison to other recent defectors, Hudler had 54 points in 54 games and Alexander Radulov had 63 in 53, along with winning the Golden Stick Award for MVP of the KHL.

If Zherdev is willing to knock his price down for a one year deal somewhere (which is all I think teams should be willing to sign him to) then I think he is going to be a very valuable commodity this offseason. Take a look down the list of team’s that can use a scoring winger right now; off the top of my head I could see him in Toronto, Calgary, Boston and I’m sure the Rangers will get involved again. They seem to have a knack for signing Europeans that don’t produce.

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