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02-24-2011, 12:44 AM
Join Date: Aug 2005
I wouldn't immediately say no to Zherdev.
Downside: questionable work ethic and poor defensive game. He's obviously skilled, but he's moved around a lot. He wasn't happy in Philadelphia, NY, and had contract issues in Columbus. Maturity issues? Prima donna? Likely.
Upside: He's 26, skilled, averages 60 points in an 82 game season; he's available for free, has decent size and doesn't have a history of injuries.
A gamble? Not much of one--he costs nothing. Renney knows him as a player. The question: Would he, like Socrates, corrupt our youth? You can always waive the player, if you don't like how he's shaping up. Twenty games isn't long and gives you a fair opportunity to see if he's going to fit with the team. Also, if Hemsky is on the way out for the Sun, Moon, and stars (more pieces to our future), Zherdev could play with two reasonably defensively responsible players:
Sometimes players in this league just need to find the right fit to flourish. A lot, of course, never do, but I'm not opposed to some experimentation or reclaimation projects. Renney would have the best insight on him.
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