: Injury Report:
Post #470: Zherdev lower body injury, not likely to play January 6th
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12-12-2010, 08:49 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
The Flyers took a low risk-high reward chance on Z. They needed some insurance that they could make up for Gagne's production incase JVR didn't step up his game which he didn't until recently. What they got was increase in scoring from Giroux and unexpected scoring and two way play from Nodl.
Z has been made expendable not because of his play but because Nodl and Giroux are scoring at a nice rate and they aren't going to gvie up on JVR. Plus the coach loves the sand paper and two way play Powe brings.
The Flyers game plan was probably to tolerate Z's short comings/hope he would be motivated for a new contract but with the contributions they have gotten from other players Lavi doesn't need to tolerate Z's floating and one man expeditions.
Personally, I hate to give up on the guy because I know someone will go down as soon as he is gone but how long can you keep a locker room together when you have vets like Carcillo or Z as healthy scratches for extended time.
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