Zherdev Gets $3.9 Million

August 2, 2009, by

Stick-tap to BSBer Jordan for tipping me off to this.

Andrew Gross is reporting that Nikolai Zherdev was awarded $3.9 million in his arbitration case. Not to pat myself on the back, but I had him cashing in at $3.85 million, I was damn close.

The Rangers will probably be able to field some decent trade offers for Zherdev, as it has been made clear they have no intentions of keeping him. A 60-point scorer, who is just 24, and is relatively cheap at $3.9 million (see: market value) will definitely net you at least a 3rd round pick, maybe even a B level prospect too. They are at a negotiating disadvantage though, as the league knows they don’t plan on keeping him.

The Rangers will walk from this, either by trade or just by cutting him loose.

Categories : Business of Hockey


  1. Jordan says:

    Sorry about not providing source, saw it on Zipay’s Twitter first, then AG’s blog afterwards.

    They definitely should sign him and trade him for best offer. Rather a late round pick than nothing at all.

    • Jordan says:

      Furthermore, Sather clearly has some kind of talent when it comes to pulling off trades, as we’ve seen so far this year. If he can pull a Scott Boras and play mystery team vs. inquiring team game and just get the best offer up a round or calibre of prospect better, it’s a success.

  2. Dave says:

    I don’t think he will be able to pull a Gomez in this case, but if he gets a 2nd rounder consider it a win. He has no leverage.

  3. tomb says:

    who cares if the league knows we dont want to keep Zherdev? If we are looking to trade anyone, isnt that kinda obvious?

    The potential trading partners are bidding against each other, not us. He is still a valuable asset.

    Let’s say three teams are interested, because they know that we are definitely gonna trade him to one of those three, the price goes down?

    doesn’t work tha way in my business, doubt it makes a difference here.

    I think someone would trade a second rounder for him. He’s turned out a lot better than most second rounders and he is a sure thing (ha ha). I heard his girlfriend was.

    • Dave says:

      In terms of leverage, it means a lot actually. Not many teams have $4 million of cap room, so that limits your options to start. From there, when teams know you are going to cut him loose, they can offer minimum return, knowing that it’s either accept the trade or let him walk for nothing.

      The only thing they can get going for them is if they get multiple teams bidding, but it doesn’t look like that will happen.

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see Zherdev in Edmonton next year though.