Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Flyers place Nikolay Zherdev on waivers

UPDATED: Zherdev has cleared waivers. No word yet on what the Flyers will do with him.

So ends the Nikolay Zherdev experiment: according to Bob McKenzie of TSN, in a cap clearing move, the Flyers have waived the enigmatic winger. With the Flyers likely needing to add a healthy defenseman to the roster, Zherdev, who hasn't suited up for the Flyers since February 10th, was the logical choice to go. Despite his ability to score goals (15 in 47 games), Zherdev wasn't reliable in his own end and clearly was in Peter Laviolette's doghouse.

Whether he gets claimed is unknown at this point but I would bet there is a team in the NHL willing to put up with Zherdev's inconsistency if he nets them 8-10 goals. With all of his skill, I'm still a bit surprised that the Flyers couldn't even get a draft pick for Zherdev. No matter what happens, I don't see any way Zherdev suits up for the Flyers again this season.

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