According to unconfirmed information, the club forward NHL New York Rangers' Nikolai Zherdev soon could move to one of the top clubs of Continental hockey league.
Zherdev who is an RFA this summer had a cap hit last season of $2.5M but his salary last season was actually $3.25M. In my opinion he won't sign in the NHL for less than he made last season, so instantly his cap hit will be at least $3.25M (that's without a pay raise). Zherdev is/was probably the most skilled player on the Rangers, but there were long spells during the season (and entire playoffs) where he was invisible. As good as he was to watch at times, he was frustrating to watch at other times (earning the nickname Alexei Kovalev Jr.) I think this could make Sather's decision a little easier; he'll sign Antropov and look for another forward to replace Zherdev.