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    Default HMMMM Nikolai Zherdev coming back to NHL (Pens? )

    Nikolai Zherdev coming back to the NHL, 4period.ru reports. It's no surprise because we've heard this for a while now, but as free agency get closer, teams must decide whether to take a risk on the Russian.

    Last offseason, Zherdev was awarded a $3.9 million contract in arbitration so the New York Rangers decided to let him go. He jumped to the KHL and has 39 points in 52 games. Now, a few weeks ago, the Rangers denied having any contact talks with Zherdev, but that doesn't mean they're not interested.

    However, the winger market this season is weak so he might get a lot of offers. One interesting possibility: Depending on Zherdev's contract demands, the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking for a winger to play with Sidney Crosby. But their cap space will be determined by whether Sergei Gonchar is re-signed, and whether they look to replace Gonchar with a free agent.


    [HIGH-LIGHT]as per espn.com insider rumors[/HIGH-LIGHT]

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    Signing Zherdev to a longer term deal is too risky for me. If he ****s the bed it will be nearly impossible to get rid of him. This year is not a great year to be in the market for FA wingers. i can't see us committing anymore than 2 years for someone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PSmitty View Post
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    Signing Zherdev to a longer term deal is too risky for me. If he ****s the bed it will be nearly impossible to get rid of him. This year is not a great year to be in the market for FA wingers. i can't see us committing anymore than 2 years for someone.
    I Understand what you're saying, But sooner or Later they Have to get a Young Sniper in here, Ray Whitney is fine to replace Guerin, But they need a YOUNG winger

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    This may be a dumb question, but if he comes back, doesn't he have to go back to the Rangers (unless they trade him) with that $3.9 mil contract?? When Hudler left, the Wings still kept his rights, and he has to take the two-year deal they awarded him in arbitration last year.

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    I Understand what you're saying, But sooner or Later they Have to get a Young Sniper in here, Ray Whitney is fine to replace Guerin, But they need a YOUNG winger
    Problem is that none are available this year, unless we trade and i can't see us doing a trade now either. A YOUNG winger will have to wait until next year unless Tangradi is NHL top 6 ready.

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    Problem is that none are available this year, unless we trade and i can't see us doing a trade now either. A YOUNG winger will have to wait until next year unless Tangradi is NHL top 6 ready.
    Zherdev is a UFA because Rags walked away from his Salary Arbitration hearing Contract of 3.9 Mill

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    Default Re: HMMMM Nikolai Zherdev coming back to NHL (Pens? )

    Dude is a career floater/non impact player when he's not scoring. It would be like having another Fedotenko or Poni on the team and thats the LAST thing they need right now.

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