Rangers Dismiss Zherdev Ruling

After last week’s ruling that awarded Nikolai Zherdev $3.9 million through arbitration, the New York Rangers have elected to allow the forward to become an unrestricted free agent.

“With the additions we’ve been able to make this summer, we feel we’ve been able to add scoring and offense from the wing position,” Rangers general manager Glen Sather said. “Following the arbitration process and subsequent award given, we feel it is in our best interest to walk away and continue to explore all available options to improve our roster.”

In other words, the Rangers disagree with the arbitration decision and think Zherdev to be not worth the money. I’m inclined to agree, as he’s still a relatively unproven forward with one strong season under his belt and nothing but disappointment ever sense. Zherdev had just four goals and four assists in the last 16 regular-season games and went pointless in seven playoff games.

Zherdev has scored 99 goals and 140 assists in 365 NHL games over five seasons. Despite having considerable top-end skill, he’s only shown flashes of brilliance since being drafted by the Blue Jackets in 2003.

In terms of the more immediate future, Zherdev might have an opportunity on another NHL team or he might be able to find employment in the KHL in Russia.

Posted by Jordan Richardson.

1 thought on “Rangers Dismiss Zherdev Ruling

  1. I wonder if the Wings would him give him a chance,
    There are a few teams out there that struggle with offence and he may be of use
    In reality his price tag is very high and the most likely home for Zherdev is somewhere in Russia.
    That is the hidden beauty of the new NHL and the salary cap,
    Some players well a lot of players are way over paid, and are nowhere close to their price tag.
    Because teams can’t afford them they end going else where.
    It gives guys in the Farm system a chance to play, Years ago this stuff didn’t happen.
    Teams are forced to build strong farm teams, or they will be basement dwellers
    kind of like the Toronto Maple Leafs.


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