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Zherdev: The Next Zhamnov?*

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Rumours are a-swirlin’ - is it true that Nikolay Zherdev wants to don a Winnipeg Jets jersey (whatever that might look like) next year? The former fourth overall pick (2003, Columbus Blue Jackets) is said to have a desire to play for the Jets, according to a tidbit out of Russia (article in Russian - Google translate this puppy).

The 26 year-old winger has bounced between the Blue Jackets, the Rangers, the KHL and most recently the Flyers. His point production dropped way off in Philly (22 points in 56 games), a stat that could potentially be because of his inability to find/be given a consistent role in the lineup.

Is Zherdev worth the risk? Mark Chipman and Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff seem to be focused on building a character-oriented team, and Zherdev has been known to have disputes with Flyers coach Peter Laviolette and with Columbus brass over his role on the teams, salary, etc.

The Jets have the cap space to take on Zherdev, but I’d be shocked if they did.

Flyers/Jackets/Rangers fans - what say you? Is Nikolay Zherdev worth a look?

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*Ok, I know, Zhamnov was a centre with the old Jets and Zherdev is a winger, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to name-drop two guys whose last names both start with “Zh”. I actually considered trying to work Alexei Zhitnik into this update.

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Don’t do it Jets, just do not do it!

Posted by brian from allentown on 07/28/11 at 04:22 PM ET

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I thought Zherdev was going to jail for attacking his wife with a crowbar in broad daylight at a busy intersection.

Posted by steviesteve on 07/28/11 at 04:23 PM ET

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First off, love the banner Ben!

I’ve gotta say, I really think Zherdev got the raw end of the deal here in Philly. He recently did an interview explaining just that, its here: http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2011/7/28/2299795/zherdev-and-the-season-that-went-down-in-flames

If you guys can make room for him in the top-6, you might be pleasantly surprised. He actually had some pretty good, physical games for the Flyers

Posted by Marc Siciliano on 07/28/11 at 04:28 PM ET

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Thanks for that link, Marc - a good read, to be sure. My favourite quote: “Manitoba doesn’t scare me. I wasn’t born in Africa after all.”

And thanks re: the banner - kept it simple, as I’m no graphic designer…

Posted by BMS from Winnipeg on 07/28/11 at 04:35 PM ET

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If you guys can make room for him in the top-6, you might be pleasantly surprised.

It’s a trap, don’t do it.

Zherdev’s colors haven’t changed.  Guy has no drive and hurts whatever locker room he’s in unless it’s Russian.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/28/11 at 06:21 PM ET

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Zherdev’s colors haven’t changed.  Guy has no drive and hurts whatever locker room he’s in unless it’s Russian.

He was playing great until Lavi decided to ‘test’ him for no apparent reason. The thing is, why test a guy you already know is delicate? If you just give him confidence, support and playing time you might be amazed at what happens

Posted by Marc Siciliano on 07/28/11 at 07:11 PM ET

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The thing is, why test a guy you already know is delicate? If you just give him confidence, support and playing time you might be amazed at what happens

Posted by Marc Siciliano on 07/28/11 at 06:11 PM ET

Because this is the real world, not preschool where everyone is special and awesome?

As a coach you HAVE to test your guys.  If you don’t, then you’re not doing your job and you’re not trying to get the most out of them.

I’m with a few of the others: don’t do it.  The ThrasherJets drafted enough Zherdevs and the like in their time, there’s no point in bringing an older one in with no real upside…

Posted by Primis on 07/28/11 at 07:24 PM ET

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I just don’t understand the logic.

“This guy thrives in PP and top-6 situations, but has a history of taking games off. Even though he’s played well, better bench him after promising a top-6 role and dress Jody Shelley instead to see how he responds”

If you’re Zherdev, how do you react to your coach benching you in favor of that guy? Especially when he was benched after solid, physical performances and told you’re going to be in a top-6 role? He was probably baffled by it. All I’m saying is you can have him for cheap, and his points per TOI at one time last season was quite remarkable (I’m not in the position to find it on NHL.com at the moment so I can’t say if it still is at the end of the season)

Posted by Marc Siciliano on 07/28/11 at 07:33 PM ET

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Do it, Big Buff will straighten him out. LOL

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 07/28/11 at 07:46 PM ET

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I’m 50/50 on this, I like him on paper, the raw talent is floating around there that’s for sure. What he needs is a damn good locker room, one that will absolutely manage his ego every inch of the way, when he’s on the floor, praise him up, kick his ass. Or when it’s all “im too good, i’ll take the afternoon off”, it’s to batter him back down again.

The guy needs management and with the latent talent he has floating around, i’ve gotta say I wouldn’t mind it if he was signed to the RIGHT CONTRACT, something with an almighty payout should he run 1000 yards in a season or something.

It could end up with him being quite a tidy bargain if he succeeds.

Posted by Jimathor on 07/28/11 at 10:24 PM ET

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He had all the top minutes he wanted in Cbus and still did marginally.. when faced with adversity he takes his ball and goes home.. he will disappear when you really need him.  Kris Draper on the other hand hit the gym for games when he was scratched and still supported the team.. zherdev plays for himself and no one else

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/28/11 at 10:38 PM ET

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20 dollars doesn’t get you much but in sad sack phoenix it does. A ticket and a beer. Go figure! No wonder they need to move.

Posted by William Peters from Edmonton on 07/30/11 at 02:31 PM ET

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Take alook at the stats sheet for Shelley (Phi) hardly worthy numbers but yet on the top 2 lines. Zherdev played 5-7 minutes per game and was sat out for long periods of time. I say give him a FAIR contract, plenty of ice time and watch him go. This is a team sport and his skill level is quite impressive. I say give him a chance and I believe he will embrace this opportunity.

Posted by William Peters from Edmonton on 07/30/11 at 02:46 PM ET

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I think Zherdev would be a catastrophically bad idea in Winnipeg. Keep in mind that his best seasons were under taskmaster coaches - Hitchcock and Tortorella. Zherdev and Noel would go rather poorly.

Posted by Viqsi on 07/30/11 at 05:55 PM ET

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