If it’s true that Nik Zherdev’s agent is looking for $4 M or more in arbitration, then he’s done as a Ranger, as Larry Brooks wrote today.
Glen Sather will walk away from an award in that neighborhood, making Zherdev an unrestricted free agent, which is obviously the goal here. The question then becomes, with the additional cap space — $3.25 M alloted as a qualifying offer to Zherdev — what will Sather to do replace him as a scoring forward?
Too bad. Zherdev has great, great skills. He may turn out to be another Kovalev, who finally gets it later on and becomes a star somewhere, albeit a streaky, frustrating, enigmatic star. And if Zherdev scores 40 somewhere, we’ll all surely come back at Sather and say he could have had Zherdev for $4 M or so. That won’t be entirely fair, because right now, right here, we are mostly agreeing that Zherdev isn’t worth that kind of money. Right?
Funny, just about eight days ago we were discussing which Nik the Rangers would keep, Antropov or Zherdev. Both will be gone for asking for too much money.
Reminder, we will have a live video chat here Thursday at 1 p.m. Should be a lively discussion, given the restructuring of the roster since the last chat. Bring your questions and comments.
Yours Truly has a very important meeting with Mr. Titleist at 12:15. Naturally the forecast is for thunder storms.