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Rangers walk away from Zherdev arbitration ruling (Update: KHL Rumor False)
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08-04-2009, 11:25 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New Jersey
Originally Posted by
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It not about getting beat in a trade. Sather was never going to get equal value for Z in this situation.
But tell me how letting him walk for nothing is better than letting him go for a mid-round draft pick, or a prospect, or anything tangible?
Do you not think Sather knows that? I mean don't get me wrong, I think Sather is as much of a buffoon as most, but if a worthwhile deal was out there, don't you think he would have taken it?
You have to accept a few realities here. Zherdev has been around for a while. The book is out on him and other GM's know the baggage that comes with the talent. Couple that with the salary cap and it's no surprise that teams aren't knocking down the door to take on a talented $4M headache that may be completely useless come playoff time.
It's very possible that the only deals out there were for similar talented players with baggage, and with the Rangers situation, u have to ask yourself if taking on another one of those players is even worth the trouble.
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