by Patrick Hoffman on 08/12/09 at 04:48 PM ET
From Beyond the Blueshirts:
I watched in amusement today as the same Championat.ru story I translated this morning about Nikolai Zherdev potentially signing with KHL team Salavat Yulaev Ufa made its way from Russia through the North American press, racing from RDS to TSN like a bad game of telephone until blogs, message boards and Twitter accounts worldwide were chirping “TSN confirms Zherdev to the KHL!”
Unfortunately for New York Rangers fans who were anxious to see the frustrating yet dangerous forward leave the NHL, it turns out that neither the original report from Championat.ru, nor anything written about his departure in the North American press today, is true.
In an interview with Sovietsky Sport, Salavat Yulaev assistant coach Igor Zakharkin emphatically denied the rumor, going one step further to say his club never even considered signing the Ukrainian-born winger. Unaware of the path the original story had taken to reach TSN, he blamed Zherdev’s agent for planting the rumor, calling it a common ploy used by agents to convince NHL teams to sign a player faster.
Click here for more. I still wonder which NHL club will want to pay him $4 million or more to be enigmatic and inconsistent.
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