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This Is Zherdev

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

Early in the Flyers’ 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night, Nik Zherdev casually retreated toward center ice as a Sabres defenseman snapped an outlet pass through him for an offensive rush.

One step behind the play, Zherdev reached out his stick in a half-hearted attempt to slow his opponent, then wheeled away as Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky kicked away the scoring chance.

A few shifts later, Zherdev pulled the puck away from the offensive left wall, cut to the middle of the ice, weaved his way past diving defenseman Chris Butler, and made world-class goaltender Ryan Miller look silly by unleashing a deadly wrist shot inside the left post.

This, the Flyers are learning, is what you get with Zherdev.

Sometimes he plays as if the puck is on a string, other times he tends to float.

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Russian Rocket's avatar

Talk about beating a dead horse.  Isn’t this a similar reason Leino never worked out in Detroit?  Philly new what they where getting when they picked these guys up.  There defensive group is strong/skilled for a reason, to allow them to play with these type of players.

Posted by Russian Rocket on 10/28/10 at 11:45 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Zherdev has never grown since his rookie season.  I remember watching him in the rookie game on All-Star weekend and watching him hang on to the puck too long, try the same deke move about 9 times and have it fail every time, and take shows mostly because he could.

He also plays the same way in normal games—no defense whatsoever.

Comparing Leino to Zherdev is a bit unfair to Ville.  Ville *did* play defense and muck in the corners for the puck in Detroit.  At first anyways.  I don’t think Zherdev has ever dug out a puck in his life.  Heck, even Sergei Samsonov finally got it and rounded out his game eventually.

I don’t think Zherdev ever will, if he hasn’t gotten it by now.

Posted by Primis on 10/28/10 at 02:54 PM ET

Russian Rocket's avatar

Well put.  I only compared to Leino as that’s what I’ve read on here.  I mean guys like Zherdev practically come with a disclaimer “Offense Only”.  There’s little need to constantly publish pieces about his lack of defensive capabilities.

Posted by Russian Rocket on 10/28/10 at 03:19 PM ET

K24's avatar

This, the Flyers are learning, is what you get with Zherdev.

If they’re just learning this now, they didn’t do their research before buying.  And they must have ignored him when he played in their division the last time he was in the NHL—playing for the Rangers in 08-09.

Posted by K24 from NYC on 10/28/10 at 10:27 PM ET

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