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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Nikolai Zherdev Has Insurance Contract With Khimik

Yo La Tengo? A critic, a chick and a fat guy? You call that a rock band?

As the Columbus Blue Jackets work to resign their 21-year old restricted free agent right winger, Nikolai Zherdev, reports started coming from Russia two weeks ago that Zherdev, a 27-goal-scorer for the Blue Jackets last season, had signed an "insurance" contract with Khimik Voskresensk of the Russian Super League.

This is the same thing that Ilya Kovalchuk did last season, signing with Khimik and playing in Russia for the first month of the season-- even leading the RSL in goals (8) before leaving for the NHL once he signed with Atlanta in early October.

An "insurance" contract is merely a contingency deal, allowing Zherdev to leave for North America as soon as he is able to finalize a contract with an NHL team.

Hey, who's the best band in the world, Wilco or Weezer?

From eurosport.ru:

Forward Nikolai Zherdev of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets has concluded an insurance contract with the Moscow club, Khimik ("Chemist"). As reported by the press service of Khimik, the agreement is on the condition that Zherdev will remain with Khimik and participate in the Russian regular season, in such case that he has not received an acceptable proposal from the NHL.

This past season, the 21-year-old played in 73 games for Columbus, scoring 54 points (27 goals and 27 assists). However, this was not enough to prevent Nikolai from being sent down to the minors, for repeatedly criticizing the policies of the team's management.