New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has exercised its right to walk away from the arbitrator’s award to 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,” stated Sather. “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.”
Now the Islanders must go after him. He's the only player I was hoping the Islanders would aquire, although Tanguay, for whatever reason, is also still available. Either one would do, but Zherdev is younger, and has more potential than Tanguay. Hopefully we'll find out where each one ends up.