Zherdev is now a UFA. Should Lombardi Go After Him?
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08-04-2009, 03:48 PM
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A 24 yr old, consistent 20+ goal scorer? at $3.9m, or maybe a bit more?
What's not to like?
I really don't see a down side to going for Zherdev. I would be much more excited about Zherdev being on this team than Smyth.
The red flags are there. Columbus was 30th in scoring in 2007-08 and decided they didn't need Zherdev any more. The Rangers were tied for 25th in scoring last year and are walking away from Zherdev. Sure, part of it has to do with each of those teams adding guys like Huselius and Gaborik. But you have to wonder why two teams seemingly starving for offense would jettison Zherdev in consecutive offseasons.
DL and company seem to be pretty careful in terms of which personalities they're adding to the locker room. I'm not sure if Zherdev would fit that equation.
Certainly depends on the contract that Zherdev wants. I'm sure a handful of teams will see if they can get him on the cheap as well.
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