Philadelphia Flyers Reportedly Sign Right Wing Nik Zherdev

Bob CunninghamSenior Analyst IJuly 7, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Nikolai Zherdev #13 of the New York Rangers skates against the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 22, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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According to Dmitry Chesnokov , reports in Russia indicate that the Philadelphia Flyers have signed free agent right winger Nikolai Zherdev to a contract, but the financial terms have yet to be released.

In fact, there has been no confirmation by the Flyers.

Zherdev played in Russia last season with Atlant Moscow Oblast of the KHL following his release by New York Rangers and arbitration in which he was rewarded $3.9 million.

The 25-year-old scored 13 goals and 26 assists in 52 games.

The former No. 4 overall pick immediately becomes the top ranked right winger on the Flyers roster, but he will need an attitude adjustment to reach his full potential.

Zherdev is unreliable in his own zone, takes shifts off, is very inconsistent, and can be very selfish.

On the bright side, Zherdev is one of the most offensively gifted individuals in the league, with blazing speed, and can do pretty much whatever he wants with the puck. He’s very dangerous in one-on-one situations, and will put points on the score sheet.

By signing Zherdev, it’s almost set in stone that Simon Gagne will be traded to create cap space; however, it makes a little more sense with Zherdev in the fold.

It also makes the chances of the Flyers letting Daniel Carcillo walk after his arbitration hearing more likely.