As expected, the Flyers have officially signed forward Nikolai Zherdev to a one-year deal worth $2 million.
Zherdev, 25, is a 6’2, 203 lbs. skill forward with incredible hands and an uncanny ability to finish. Armed with a great deal of natural scoring ability, the Ukrainian’s naysayers have stated that despite his skill, he is a head case with a lazy work ethic. The Flyers hope that a steady organization with a high-paced offensive game helps Zherdev gain some consistency.
“Nik is a highly skilled player who, at 25-years-old, we feel will be a good fit to our core of forwards,” said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. “Prior to playing last season in Russia, Nik ranked as one of the top young point-producers in the NHL. We are pleased to add him to our team.”