Thread: News Article: Brooks on Zherdev 09/19/08
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09-19-2008, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Fletch View Post
As mentioned, I am interested to see how Renney deals with Zherdev. Does he try to make him into a defensive player and stifle his offense and his talents? I think Prucha focused a lot on the other side of the puck last season and it hurt him a bit. We'll see. I don't know the right answer. Renney wants the game played a certain way (much like Campbell wanted years ago). We saw how Alexei fared here. Hopefully Zherdev's a different story.
That is a good point Fletch. What you don't want to happen is that you reign Zherdev in so far, he becomes only capable of Dawes/Prucha/Callahan levels of production. "Floating" is a proven tactic for generating surprise offense, and if you're going to mandate an offensive expectation from a player, you have to give him some kind of leeway for doing it the way he knows how.

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