Zherdev has fallen into the “enigma” category thusfar in his NHL career – so much so that last season he played overseas in Russia because no NHL team had any desire for him to join their club. However, while many question Zherdev’s work ethic and desire – which, if neither are at a high level in Orange and Black, could get him killed in this town – there is absolutely no doubting his skill set. In five NHL seasons (four with Columbus, and one with the New York Rangers), Zherdev has 99 goals, 140 assists, and 239 points in 365 games played. He is a career -46, which is somewhat troubling. However, he can score and put points on the board, and if the Flyers are really as desperate to deal Simon Gagne as they appear to give themselves cap relief, then they can afford to bring in a guy like Zherdev.
While Chesnokov and Teemu each have reported the deal as having already occured, Sarah Baicker of Comcast SportsNet is saying that nothing is finalized, and there is no real reason to get excited yet.
More to come on this later. For now, marvel over Zherdev’s skills, as seen this past season in the KHL.