Nikolay Zherdev Will Kill The Philadelphia Flyers In The Playoffs

Dominic PerilliContributor IIIFebruary 1, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 25:  P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens knocks over Nikolay Zherdev #93 of the Philadelphia Flyers in first period of an NHL hockey game at the Wells Fargo Center on January 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Most of you have probably heard or perhaps even thought of this statement before. It’s now getting to the point where the Flyers’ front office really needs to take a look at the line-stability going into the playoffs.

The trade deadline is quickly approaching and if the Orange ‘n Black are going to make any moves, now’s the time.

It is evident that Nikolay Zherdev is doing more harm than good. His movement through zones is sloppy and just downright costly. Simply put, he is trying too hard to be a star and it’s hurting him…and the team.

The one thing that has truly defined the Flyers is that they are unselfish. They are a pass-first team and Zherdev just doesn’t fit that mold.

Do the Flyers really have room for a guy this selfish?

I don’t think so. Not with what’s on the line this season.

It’s one thing to be a great selfish player, but it is a whole different ballgame when you are a not-so-good selfish player.

Zherdev is the latter. He has talent, but his ego is limiting him from brandishing his full skill set.

Names like Erik Cole and Jarome Iginla have been floated around as Zherdev replacements, but talks never intensified between teams.  

One thing is for sure: If the Flyers want to be a total and solid team in the playoffs, they will have to keep Zherdev on a short leash.

That is if he’s still around for the playoffs.