Larry Brooks has the story this morning of the “Rangers beginning contract talks with Nikolai Zherdev”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/01132009/sports/rangers/blueshirts__zherdev_talk_new_contract_149935.htm.
Zherdev is due to be a restricted free agent at season’s end, but if the team has aspirations of preventing an offer sheet extended to him from another team, they could lock him in before then.
“This is where I want to be,” Zherdev told The Post yesterday. “I don’t want to play in Russia next year. I want to stay here and play in the NHL, in New York, with the Rangers.
“I’m very happy here. I like the team. I like the guys. I like living here. Everything is good.”
As for other impending free agent wings, here’s “my story in today’s paper on Petr Prucha”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20090113/SPORTS01/901130385/-1/SPORTS.