by Patrick Hoffman on 04/05/10 at 10:13 AM ET
From Laurie Carr of Beyond the Blueshirts:
The article’s author, Igor Larin, fuels speculation by including the the following (unsourced) note after Nazarov’s comment: “According to some reports, the president of the Rangers is interested in Nikolai Zherdev from Atlant.”
That remark is likely to be met with mixed reactions by Rangers fans. A year ago Zherdev was the co-leader in scoring in New York, but a late season scoring slump cast a pall over that accomplishment. Once the season ended, the Rangers extended a $3.2 million qualifying offer to the restricted free agent, only to have Zherdev turn it down and take the team to arbitration. When the arbitrator awarded the Ukranian-born winger a $3.9 million, one year deal, the club opted to walk away.
In a separate Sport Express article, published Friday, Alexander Shapiro confirms that Zherdev will attempt to return to the NHL next season. He also reports that three NHL teams are interested in the 25-year old forward and that each sent representatives to scout him over the course of the season.
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