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Zherdev, who was a gamble to fit in with the Flyers when they signed him to a one-year deal, never did. He was a loner in the locker room. His work ethic was less than desired. He never won over coach Peter Laviolette and then sulked after being benched.
An animated discussion between Paul Holmgren and Zherdev's agent Jay Grossman in New York Sunday led to this end result.
Zherdev is gone. Fifteen goals in 47 games wasn't enough to keep him around. And while the Flyers said they'll wait to see what happens with the waiver process before deciding on what to do with Zherdev, it's almost a certainty that they won't keep him around.
His diva-like attitude is more of a strain on what is being built with the Flyers than his what his potential suggests he brings to the table.
"His agent and Nik aren't real happy with the situation here and they asked us to look around for options," Holmgren said. "Nothing really came of that through trade, so we'll see what happens.
"I think about this all the time. It was a little bit of an experiment bringing him here to see what he can do and for periods of time it was good. He has 15 goals in limited power play time and limited minutes. But over the course of time here, things have eroded and his work ethic has dropped off and right now he's not fitting in."
In other words... don't let the door hit you in the rear end on the way out.
Which is practically what happened Wednesday.
After being called to Holmgren's office to be told he was being put on waivers, Zherdev was smiling as he walked down the hallway outside the locker room chatting on his cell phone.
With a bevy of reporters waiting to speak to him, he told a Flyers' spokesman that he had no interest in speaking with the media, he slipped out a side door, into a limousine and sped away.
The end of an uneventful era.
In other news:
- Kimmo Timonen offered some unexpected criticism of Sergei Bobrovsky and sort of through some support behind Brian Boucher... look for a story on this on delcotimes.com later tonight.
- Despite reports to the contrary, Sean O'Donnell will be in the lineup Thursday against the Islanders, his knee sprain, not as bad as originally thought.
- Phantoms defenseman Matt Walker is on his way back to Philadelphia - but not as a recall. Rather he is returning for another surgery - this time on his knee - and it will keep him out of action for about one month.
- Oskars Bartulis will have shoulder surgery and will be out for a significant period of time. More details on that to come as well.