NHL executive vice president Bill Daly arranged the call with the International Ice Hockey Federation, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, the Central Red Army team (CSKA) and the Blue Jackets to discuss the player's status and possibly avert what could be a contentious arbitration hearing.
One of Zherdev's agents, believed to be Alexander "Sasha" Tyjnych, also participated.
"We had a conference call," Daily told ESPN.com on Friday. "There was a great deal of talk regarding concern for the well-being of the player. On the subject of military service, it was discussed a little, but in a situation like that, we didn't expect the documentation issue to be resolved and it wasn't."