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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

LEINO INJURY SAYS A LOT ABOUT ZHERDEV

Ville Leino has a lower body injury. He is missing tonight's game against the Florida Panthers.

It was an injury suffered last night in the 4-3 win against the Lightning.

Paul Holmgren told me - and the Daily News - that it's nothing serious and that he'd "be surprised if (Leino) doesn't play the next game" Friday in Carolina.

But what's more interesting is coach Peter Laviolette's decision to use Jody Shelley in place of Leino rather than the more skilled Zherdev.

Zherdev has likely burned his last bridge with Laviolette and barring a dire need for him in one of the next couple games, may have played his last game as a Flyer..

Sources have confirmed that the Flyers are trying to trade Zherdev, but are struggling to find a partner with enough interest to work the deal.

If Zherdev does not get moved, don't be surprised to see the Flyers waive him, eat the remainder of his $2 million salary and create some additional cap room.

More on this tomorrow...

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zherdev to the Red Wings for a 2/3 round pick.

February 17, 2011 at 9:02 AM 
Blogger Jaime said...

if they waive Zherdev, would it increase the chances of getting Leino a deal before the offseason?

February 17, 2011 at 9:03 AM 
Anonymous Ben said...

If they can't find anyone to trade with, there would be no sense in waiving him. This is the team that they're taking to the Cup. Zherdev is good depth at the least in case of injury.

February 17, 2011 at 7:18 PM 
Anonymous David said...

Squandering that much offensive talent over what amounts to a "I'm the coach don't question the size of my member rusky" is pretty poor coaching if you ask me.

I wouldn't care as much if this move actually made the team better on the ice, but it's made it worse, and that includes getting Versteeg. We should have a team that people are literally scared s-less of, and instead we're dressing 2 goons, and blowing 3 goal leads. Dumb.

February 18, 2011 at 5:08 AM 

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