So many NHL teams are up against the cap and most of the rest are at their internal cap. A handful of teams have cap room to add without subtracting. Zherdev now joins the ranks of NHL umemployed looking for a contract. Khl is his next stop.
Oh my God Eklund is such a dumb***, he just posts should the Rangers walk? Hello idiot if you were a big time blogger like you say you are you'd know the outcome already! Especially when your Rangers blogger posted it on your site. Total on this one
It will take Zherdev two weeks to realize he's not going to get what the arbitrator awarded him on the open market. Then he'll look at the KHL. By the end of the month, I expect he will have signed with Ufa so he can play with his buddy.
It not about getting beat in a trade. Sather was never going to get equal value for Z in this situation.
But tell me how letting him walk for nothing is better than letting him go for a mid-round draft pick, or a prospect, or anything tangible?
Do you not think Sather knows that? I mean don't get me wrong, I think Sather is as much of a buffoon as most, but if a worthwhile deal was out there, don't you think he would have taken it?
You have to accept a few realities here. Zherdev has been around for a while. The book is out on him and other GM's know the baggage that comes with the talent. Couple that with the salary cap and it's no surprise that teams aren't knocking down the door to take on a talented $4M headache that may be completely useless come playoff time.
It's very possible that the only deals out there were for similar talented players with baggage, and with the Rangers situation, u have to ask yourself if taking on another one of those players is even worth the trouble.
defensemen passes to any forward, who proceeds to skate up the side get to about the top of the circle and fire the puck directly into the goalies chest praying for somebody to be in a position for a rebound, b/e we don't have any players that have lots of creativit or the necessary passing skills to set up others, sans Gabby. If we don't create a ton (by that I mean like 15) two on ones per game we are going to have a lot of trouble scoring. People don't realize how much we will miss both Gomez and Zherdev.