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by BMS on 07/28/11 at 05:05 PM ET
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?
Twenty bucks won’t get you what it would have back in the days of the original Jets, but for $20 you can get Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk to drop a golf ball from a helicopter. That’s right - Ducky will toss a golf ball from a helicopter for you for money. The Dale Hawerchuk Charity Classic is Hawerchuk’s charity golf tournament, and this, um, unique opportunity is to help raise funds for said charity.
The premise: Hawerchuk goes up in a chopper and drops a bunch of golf balls over a hole at a yet-to-be-named golf course. The ball that lands closest to the hole wins two tickets to a Jets game, dinner, a meet-and-greet with Hawerchuk, and a couple of Jets jerseys. Hawerchuk himself will contact you near the end of August if you’re the big winner.
For details, click here.
*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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