Nikolai Zherdev signs… finally

September 28, 2006

After all the blustering on both sides, the Columbus Blue Jackets finally came to terms with young winger Nikolai Zherdev (full story at TSN.ca).  While terms have not been disclosed at this time, it’s rumored that the deal is in excess of $7 million over three years.  It remains to be seen if Zherdev will be able to make it back to Columbus to suit up for next Friday’s season opener.

This certainly is a positive note in a week full of subtle downers for Columbus fans.  With Fedorov and Svitov out with injuries (short-term, but still missing games), Blue Jacket fans were looking towards October 6 with a mix of excitement and trepidation.  There are still questions for the CBJ, but at least one thunder cloud has lifted.

Now, the interesting question is how will the lines shake out once all in question have returned from injury?  I’ll examine my thoughts on this in an upcoming post.

Hat tip to Paul at Kukla’s Korner, for telling me months ago that Zherdev would sign.

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