Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/05/07 at 08:46 AM ET
from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
Nash said as much when he was asked about the difference between the 2006 Zherdev and the 2007 model.
“I think the biggest thing is his work ethic,” Nash said. “He’s out there every single shift working 110 percent. And that was a team problem in general, not just him. Last year, a lot of the guys were taking nights off, myself included.”
Zherdev didn’t single-handedly hold the Blue Jackets below their potential, even if he seems to be a glistening example now. While the change in Zherdev’s play seems incredible, it likely started during the summer when Howson and coach Ken Hitchcock made a special trip to Ottawa to meet with Zherdev and his agent, Rollie Hedges.
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