A week after the New York Rangers walked away from Nikolai Zherdev's salary arbitration ruling, the free agent appears headed to the Russian based KHL.
Zherdev, 24, appeared in 82 games with the Rangers last season, registering 23 goals and 35 assists for 58 points, along with 39 penalty minutes. He was held scoreless in seven playoff contests.
The 6-2, 203-pounder has skated in 365 regular season contests with the Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, recording 99 goals and 140 assists for 239 points, along with 203 penalty minutes. The Kiev, Ukraine native was originally Columbus' first round choice, fourth overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Well, so much for hoping. Zherdev was the only free agent I wanted the Islanders to pursue. There are still a few players out there, but from what I'm reading, it appears that the Islanders will stand pat with the players that they have now. Roughly three+ weeks away from any kind of camp news, so I'll be looking into who will be invited to camp as an unsigned player.