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11-06-2009, 02:56 PM
Can't Beat Him
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Originally Posted by haveandare View Post
For all the people who are saying Zherdev, how do you account for the fact that there wasn't ONE NHL team that was willing to sign him? If he's so good why isn't he an Islander? A Maple Leaf? A Panther?
That he wasn't signed by an NHL team had nothing to do with his talent. Teams seemed to view him as "toxic" based off of his preexisting attitude questions, and then the contract negotiation fiasco with the Rangers seemed to be the nail in the coffin. But it definitely wasn't a talent issue. Are you arguing that he's not talented?

EDIT: Because I'm not considering the whole deal with the contract, since we're assuming that it's either Kotalik or Zherdev at 3Y/9M. If it's Kotalik at $3M per or Zherdev at $3M per, for three seasons, I'd take Zherdev. I think he'd give us equal or better production, with the chance (a shrinking chance) that he puts it all together and goes 30-60-90 or something crazy.


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