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03-13-2010, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by The Thomas J. View Post
Nah I'm done with him. So is the leauge. No one wanted him & that's why he doesn't have a job at the NHL level.
Amazing. Do people even read the posts in the thread before posting?

As has been stated repeatedly, this is a false, self-serving, throw-away statement that sounds good if you're a Zherdev hater who doesn't actually want to analyze or debate the case.

Unfortunately, it doesn't survive even the most casual analysis of the facts. I'll explain it one more time:

Zherdev was Rangers property until August. In fact, because they went to arbitration, he wasn't even available to other teams as an RFA, much less as an UFA. In other words, he was OFF THE MARKET ENTIRELY until over a month into free agency. He didn't become available as an UFA until early August - at which point most teams with available budget had already spent it.

In other words, by the time he WAS signable most teams COULD NOT sign him. You therefore can NOT say that the fact that no other team signed him as evidence of some universal disregard for Nik. This point would ONLY be valid if he had been an UFA from day 1.

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