When the Rangers refused to cave in and sign Zherdev at that hefty price, he became a UFA and didn't find any other teams in North America willing to pay him that kind of cash. So, he spent the year getting in fights with former teammates in the KHL.
This could be a great move by the Flyers, because despite the fact that I never thought Zherdev was worth the money he was awarded last summer, he is easily worth the $2M he signed for this time around. But, when he gets 25+ goals this year playing in Philly's top six, will he be back next summer demanding another obscene amount of money? This time next year he'll be a UFA. This time next year, after spending a season on a good Philly team, he might just get $4M or more.
The latest rumors indicate that Zherdev could be the Flyers replacement for Simon Gagne who the team is believed to be trying to trade because of his cap hit and their salary cap problems. Darren Dreger has even gone as far as saying:
Some NHL execs think Philly will place Gagne on waivers, if a trade isn't found very soon.
Originally posted July 8th:
This hasn't yet been confirmed but it's rumored that the Flyers have signed or are on the verge of signing ex-NYR Nik Zherdev.
Dmitry Chesnokov (a great source for all Russian hockey player news), from Puck Daddy first reported this yesterday and it's now being reported on Philly.com