Zherdev thrilled to be leaving the Philadelphia Flyers

Very rarely do you see a player thrilled about leaving a team which has a strong shot at a Stanley Cup. Such was the case on Wednesday when power forward, Nikolav Zherdev, was placed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers. Zherdev, who was a former 2003 Columbus Blue Jackets first round pick, had scored a respectable 15 goals and 19 points in only 47 games. The issue with Zherdev was his obvious anger at being a consistent healthy scratch by coach Peter Laviolette. “I think at times for me it was just the level of play,” Laviolette said. “It wasn’t the skill thing, it was the level and the level that he played. There were other guys that were performing better. So there’s only nine that can go in there — the nine I felt were playing.” As of Wednesday night no teams have inquired about the forward, who spent last season in the KHL. If he happens to clear waivers, then Zherdev could either return to the KHL or report to the Flyers American Hockey League affiliate the Adirondack Phantoms. Zherdev deserves tons of credit for not being a distraction by going public with his complaints. Instead he has quietly gone about his business, despite not playing since February 10. Instead he voiced his dissatisfaction privately to Holmgren. “They’d asked us to look around for options,” Holmgren said. “Nothing really came of that through trades, so we’ll see what happens with this.” In 412 NHL games with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Flyers Zherdev scored 114 goals and 258 points.

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