Reports out of Russia indicate that the Flyers have signed RW Nikolai Zherdev. The news was broken by Puck Daddy’s Dimitry Chesnokov.
We’ll take the report with a grain of salt for now, since we know how dubious some of these Russian reports have been…
Zherdev spent last season playing in Russia, but was previously a member of the New York Rangers. Broad Street Hockey had this take on Zherdev.
Zherdev is a hot-and-cold player, though. He seemingly gives up a lot of the time on the ice, he’s unreliable defensively and he’s very inconsistent. He can put points on the board though, and all it would take is a little chemistry and a little hard work from him in Philadelphia to fulfill his potential as a very gifted offensive star.
Zherdev was a 20+ goal scorer in each of his last two NHL seasons. He tallied 39 points in 52 games in Russia last year.