Thread: Speculation: Zherdev for a Sunday afternoon
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11-22-2010, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Hextall89 View Post
I know Briere gets torn apart. My point is that he gets a bit of a pass because he also contributes a lot offensively. Zherdev is a strong offensive player, I mean he's got 7 goals in limited games with even more limited ice time. I just don't know what he has to do?
I think the difference is perception (and I'm one of the guys who hammers Briere for his D). When you watch Briere it's pretty clear he's lousy defensively, but it's also pretty clear that effort isn't his problem. When you watch Zherdev defensively he appears to not particularly care. And that goes right along with the reputation he came with. That's why he gets killed while Briere and others don't.

To be fair I think he's been better of late, and looks more like a guy who just isn't very good defensively as opposed to a guy who's lazy on that side of the puck.

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