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93 Nikolay Zherdev RW
Height/Weight: 6-2/203 | Birthdate: 11/5/1984 | Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine, USSR | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 5 | Salary:   | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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8/7/2011

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev Back to the KHL

News: Zherdev has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the KHL, Renaud Lavoie of RDS reports.
Analysis: Zherdev returns to Atlant Mytishchi, the team he left the NHL for the last time around. We may have seen the last of Zherdev stateside after the way his stint in Philly panned out.

7/29/2011

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev Mulling Between NHL And KHL

News: Possible league destinations for Zherdev this season include the KHL in Russia, or in the NHL with the Jets, the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis: "I don't know all the details of the situation. The agent does," said Zherdev, who made $2 million as a Flyer last season. "But I can say that I'm seriously considering all offers from both NHL and KHL." Zherdev is a sublime talent with blazing speed and first-rate ability handling the puck, but he has yet to reach his full potential in the NHL. Since Columbus made him the fourth overall draft pick in 2003, the Russian has accumulated 261 points (115 G, 146 A) in 421 games between the Blue Jackets, Rangers and Flyers, respectively. Those are average numbers and Zherdev, who has the reputation of being a greedy player, has shown in the past (2009-10) that he's not afraid to play in the KHL when he doesn't command the right salary from an NHL club.

4/18/2011

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Flyers' Zherdev Slots In

News: With Andreas Nodl (facial injury) out for Monday's Game 2, Zherdev will take his place in the lineup, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: It'll be Zherdev's first action of the playoffs, and he'll be slotted on a good line with Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux. Zherdev didn't do much this regular season (22 points) to cause us to believe he'll save your fantasy playoffs, but if any forward on a scoring line has some value in your format, consider him for your Monday pickup.

2/24/2011

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Philly's Zherdev Clears Waivers

News: Zherdev cleared waivers Thursday, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Zherdev was reportedly unhappy with Philadelphia, so it's not clear what they'll do from here, as sending him to the AHL doesn't figure to make him any happier.

2/23/2011

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Flyers Waive Zherdev

News: The Flyers have placed Zherdev on waivers, CSNPhilly.com reports.
Analysis: The report adds that the enigmatic winger was unhappy as a Flyer, and that his agent called for him to be waived after GM Paul Holmgren had no luck in trading him. We expect this whole situation involving Zherdev to become much more clear once the waiver process runs its course.

1/14/2011

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Flyers' Zherdev Returns to the Ice

News: Zherdev (lower body) returned to action Thursday.
Analysis: Zherdev picked up a goal and an assist in Thursday's 7-5 loss to the Bruins. Eight of Zherdev's 17 points this season have come in the last eight games he has appeared in.

1/9/2011

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev Misses Third Flyers Contest

News: Zherdev (groin) did not play Saturday against the Devils.
Analysis: There was word that Zherdev would be healthy enough to play Saturday, but he watched from the press box, officially with a groin injury. Continue to consider him day-to-day.

1/4/2011

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Lower-Body Injury For Flyers' Zherdev

News: Zherdev has a lower body "issue" and will be held off the ice Wednesday, the Flyers' official site reports.
Analysis: Zherdev will be reevaluated before Thursday's game against the Devils, but for now his status remains uncertain. We should know more after Thursday's morning skate.

12/18/2010

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Flyers' Zherdev: One Category Wonder

News: Zherdev scored twice, including once on the power play, in Saturday's win over the Rangers.
Analysis: He's a pure finisher this season and is on pace to potentially hit 35 goals. But unfortunately, he's also on pace for just five assists this season. You may have room for a one-hit wonder but you need to seriously compensate for his shortcomings.

10/30/2010

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI Philly Scratches Zherdev Again

Nikolay Zherdev

Philly Scratches Zherdev Again

News: Zherdev did not play Saturday. He was also a healthy scratch Friday night.
Analysis: Nicky, nicky nine doors has been horrific thus far; maybe the view from the press box will inspire the enigmatic star.

10/29/2010

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev Scratched From Flyers' Lineup

News: Zherdev has been scratched from Friday's lineup, according to the Flyers' official Twitter page.
Analysis: Zherdev was demoted to the fourth line earlier in the day and was not on the ice for warm-ups. It remains to be seen how the demotion, and Zherdev's reaction, affect his standing on the team going forward.

10/29/2010

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Flyers' Zherdev Demoted

News: Zherdev has been demoted to the fourth line, according to CSN Philly.
Analysis: The winger has had a slow and inconsistent start to the season with only two points in nine games. He will now skate alongside Jody Shelley and Blair Betts while Andreas Nodl will take his spot on a line with Mike Richards and James Van Riemsdyk. Zherdev should remain on fantasy benches and owners should consider looking for alternatives until he turns it around.

7/9/2010

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI Zherdev returns to NHL, signs with PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev returns to NHL, signs with PHI

News: Nikolai Zherdev ended his one-year sabbatical from the NHL and returned from playing overseas by signing a one-year contract with the Flyers on Friday. Zherdev played the 2009-10 season for Atlant-Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League. He totaled 13 goals and 39 points in 52 games. "Nik is a highly-skilled player who, at 25-years-old, we feel will be a good fit to our core of forwards," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said in a statement. "Prior to playing last season in Russia, Nik ranked as one of the top young point-producers in the NHL. We are pleased to add him to our team."
Analysis: The No. 4 pick in the 2003 NHL draft, Zherdev spent time with the Blue Jackets and Rangers before heading overseas. He has 99 goals and 239 points in 365 career NHL games. He has three seasons of 50-plus points in the NHL. Philadelphia should allow him to be a 20-goal, 30-assist threat, so consider Zherdev a decent No. 4 Fantasy forward on Draft Day.

9/24/2009

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI Zherdev signs with Russian squad

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev signs with Russian squad

News: Free-agent forward Nikolai Zherdev has signed a one-year contract with Atlant Mytishchi of the Kontinental Hockey League (Russia). Zherdev was let go by the Rangers after the team chose to walk away from an arbitrator's award in early August.
Analysis: Zherdev was toying with the idea of joining the Thrashers, but it seems he was more intrigued to play at least one season over in Russia. It's a real shame because Zherdev was a developing scorer in the NHL. He could return in 2010-11, but Zherdev only has Fantasy value in the deepest of keeper leagues. Zherdev totaled 23 goals and 58 points in 82 games for the Rangers last season.

8/30/2009

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI Zherdev still on free-agent market

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev still on free-agent market

News: The Sports Xchange reports RW Nikolai Zherdev reportedly was close to signing with Salavat Yulaev Ufa in Russia (KHL) after the Rangers "walked away" from the $3.9 million salary he was awarded earlier this summer in arbitration. Zherdev tied for the team lead in points (58) during the 2008-09 regular season but was held without a point in a seven-game loss to Washington in the first round of the playoffs. "With the additions we've been able to make this summer, we feel we've been able to add scoring and offense from the wing position," GM Glen Sather said. "Following the arbitration process and subsequent award given, we feel it is in our best interest to walk away and continue to explore all available options to improve our roster."
Analysis: It's very surprising that a NHL team hasn't swooped in to sign Zherdev, who has managed two straight 20-goal, 30-assist seasons. It's not like the 24-year-old forward is on the decline either. His career seems to be on the rise. Zherdev is trying to use the threat of playing overseas to get a long-term deal, but he might have to sign a one-year contract if he wants to stay in the NHL. With an uncertain future, Zherdev remains a risky Fantasy selection Draft Day.

8/4/2009

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Rangers walk away from Zherdev ruling

News: NHL.com reports the Rangers have exercised its right to walk away from the arbitrator's award to right winger Nikolai Zherdev, thereby allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent. "With the additions we've been able to make this summer, we feel we've been able to add scoring and offense from the wing position," Rangers GM Glen Sather said. "Following the arbitration process and subsequent award given, we feel it is in our best interest to walk away and continue to explore all available options to improve our roster."
Analysis: The 24-year-old Zherdev had a pretty solid season with the Rangers, his first and only with the team after being picked up in a summer 2008 trade with the Blue Jackets. Zherdev totaled 23 goals and 58 points in 82 games. It was his third 20-goal campaign and second straight 20-goal, 30-assist season. Now that Zherdev is on the open market, he can sign with whatever NHL team he chooses or perhaps go overseas. That's where this situation gets troubling. Zherdev could attract offers from the KHL and remains a risky Fantasy flier until he signs with a NHL squad. If that happens, he will return to being a viable No. 4 or No. 5 Fantasy forward.

7/28/2009

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI Zherdev unlikely to return to NYR

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev unlikely to return to NYR

News: The Sports Xchange reports two players tied for the team scoring lead in the 2008-09 regular season for the Rangers. The first, Scott Gomez, was traded to Montreal in late June to clear salary-cap space. The other, Nikolai Zherdev, also is all but out on Broadway for financial reasons. Zherdev, the 24-year-old winger obtained from Columbus last summer in a deal for top blue-line prospect Fedor Tyutin, is expected to be awarded more than his $3.25 million qualifying offer in salary arbitration later this summer. The Rangers, who recently signed free-agent wingers Marian Gaborik and Ales Kotalik to multiyear deals, appear prepared to "walk away" from Zherdev's arbitration ruling after the in-and-out winger followed up a 58-point regular season with a pointless showing in a seven-game loss in the first round to Washington.
Analysis: The longer Zherdev waits to find a new team, the more Fantasy owners need to worry. But someone should be able to use a 20-goal, 60-point threat like Zherdev. He has been at 20-goals, 30-assists the last two seasons, so it's not like he is on the decline of his career. However, he does have the option of playing overseas. Zherdev will be a viable Fantasy flier if he returns to the NHL in 2009-10, but we continue to play the waiting game in the meantime.

6/28/2009

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Rangers make offer to Zherdev

News: The New York Post reports Rangers GM Glen Sather said Saturday that the Rangers have extended $3.25 million qualifying offer to restricted free agent Nikolai Zherdev. "I don't know whether he is going to accept it, though; I can't get an answer from his agent," Sather said of the winger who went scoreless in the final seven games of the regular season and then failed to register a point in the playoffs. "Nik played very well at times, but he has to become more consistent and a little more determined."
Analysis: Zherdev has threatened to play in Russia if he doesn't get the right deal, but by the Rangers extending an offer they get to keep his rights in the event he does leave the NHL. Zherdev's name has also been mentioned in trade rumors to Ottawa involving Dany Heatley. Although, Ottawa GM Bryan Murray isn't happy with the Rangers' total package, which also involves defenseman Michal Rozsival. Aside from the disappearing act down the stretch, Zherdev totaled 23 goals and 58 points in 82 games with the Rangers. It was his first year with the team after being picked up in a trade from Columbus. Zherdev has been a consistent 20-goal, 30-assist guy the last two seasons. If he does return to the NHL in 2009-10, he will be worth a look as a No. 4 Fantasy forward.

3/24/2009

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev has 1-and-1 night

News: Nikolai Zherdev had a goal and an assist, and the New York Rangers moved into a sixth-place tie in the Eastern Conference by defeating the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday. Zherdev gave New York its seventh straight 1-0 lead when he beat the first-period clock and then helped set up Scott Gomez's second-period tally that snapped a tie and sent the Rangers (39-27-8) to their eighth win in 11 games. Zherdev's shot was stopped by Niklas Backstrom, but Zherdev gained the rebound near the left post. Backstrom was down on his right side as Zherdev waited with the puck on his stick. As Backstrom waved his gloved hand in the air, trying to provide a miniature golf-like impediment, Zherdev calmly waited for an opening and found a small one under the goalie's arm with 4.4 seconds left in the first for his 22nd goal.
Analysis: Zherdev has three goals in his last four games. He has managed a second straight 20-30 season in his first year with the Rangers and it appears he will be a vital scoring option down the stretch. Zherdev is worth a look as a No. 3 or No. 4 Fantasy forward.

3/8/2009

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI Zherdev scores game-winning goal

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev scores game-winning goal

News: Rangers RW Nikolai Zherdev scored the go-ahead goal with 6:22 left to give the Rangers their first three-game winning streak since Jan. 10-16, beating the Bruins 4-3 on Sunday. Zherdev netted the winner against Manny Fernandez, who got caught out of position while chasing Marc Staal's shot that went wide. The puck slid past the left post and caromed off the end boards and out the right side to Zherdev, who scored his 19th goal into the open net. "For whatever reason, I overplayed it and it comes back to bite me," Fernandez said.
Analysis: Zherdev now has 50 points on the season and has scored in three straight games, compiling five points with three goals and two assists over those three games. Perhaps new coach John Tortorella is getting Zherdev back on the right track. He can be a viable Fantasy option when he is clicking on all cylinders.

3/5/2009

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI Zherdev has second straight big game

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev has second straight big game

News: Rangers RW Nikolai Zherdev scored, tallied an assist and finished at plus-2 during Thursday's game against the Islanders. Zherdev, who earned a roughing penalty along with the Islanders' Trent Hunter, did more damage earlier with his 18th goal. Zherdev picked off Tim Jackman's clearing attempt and snapped a wrist shot from the right-circle dot that beat Yann Danis inside the right post at 8:33.
Analysis: Zherdev has two goals, two assists and a plus-5 rating in his last two games. Zherdev was highly-productive for the Rangers through December, but his offensive game hit a tailspin as soon as the calendar turned to 2009. However, the Rangers have won big in their last two games and Zherdev has contributed in both outings. Perhaps new coach John Tortorella is getting Zherdev back on the right track. He can be a viable Fantasy option when he is clicking on all cylinders.

3/1/2009

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev nets two points, plus-3

News: Ryan Callahan and Nikolai Zherdev scored in the first 68 seconds, and the Rangers rolled to a 6-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. Zherdev doubled the lead at 1:08 when he took a pass in front and pinballed the puck off the skate of defenseman Ruslan Salei on the Rangers' third shot. He also added an assist and finished at plus-3.
Analysis: Zherdev was highly-productive for the Rangers through December, but his offensive game hit a tailspin as soon as the calendar turned to 2009. He has just five goals and eight assists in his last 25 games. Hopefully, new coach John Tortorella can get Zherdev's game going since he can be a viable Fantasy option.

2/15/2009

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev tallies 16th goal

News: Rangers RW Nikolai Zherdev scored his 16th goal of the season Sunday in a loss to the Flyers.
Analysis: Zherdev leads the Rangers with 44 points and has pretty much been one of their best all-around players in 2008-09. He is going to get ample scoring chances down the stretch, but 30 goals is going to be a reach. Consider Zherdev more of a No. 4 Fantasy forward to start when he is on a roll or has favorable matchups.

2/7/2009

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI Zherdev breaks out with two goals

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev breaks out with two goals

News: Nikolai Zherdev had both goals for the Rangers during Friday's 10-2 loss to the Stars. The Rangers opened the scoring at 3:35 of the opening period when Zherdev banked a shot off the back of goalie Marty Turco's pads on a wraparound. Zherdev pulled the Rangers to 3-2 on the power play at 3:15 of the second period, again banking the puck off Turco's pads. Zherdev, who has 15 goals, scored just once in his previous 16 games.
Analysis: Zherdev still leads the Rangers with 43 points and has pretty much been one of their best all-around players in 2008-09. He is going to get ample scoring chances down the stretch, but 30 goals is going to be a reach. Consider Zherdev more of a No. 4 Fantasy forward to start when he is on a roll or has favorable matchups.

1/28/2009

Nikolay Zherdev, RW, PHI

Nikolay Zherdev

Zherdev reaches 40 points

News: Rangers RW Nikolai Zherdev assisted in Tuesday's win over the Hurricanes, giving him 40 points on the season.
Analysis: Zherdev has gone 13 games without a goal after scoring four times in nine games at the beginning of December. That's not going to please his Fantasy owners, who must have been ecstatic when the Russian looked like a point-per-game earlier this season. Now they're begging for a goal from him. Bench Zherdev in 10-team leagues until he shows some signs of life.