Archive for Nikolay Zherdev

Flyer Five with @BroadStBull

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

The Flyer Five is back after a lengthy hiatus, and just in time for the stretch run.  This week, we sit down with Philadelphia Inquirer Flyers beat writer, Sam Carchidi.  Sam tackles everything from whether it should be Bobrovsky or Boucher come playoff time, if Nikolay Zherdev should see the ice again, and whether or not the Flyers will hold on to the Eastern Conference’s top spot.  Read away:


FLYERFIVE with Sam Carchidi

The Flyers Blog: There has been a lot of banter back and forth as to who should tend goal for the Orange and Black come playoff time.  Who, in your opinion, should be the Flyers starting goaltender this Spring: the rookie, Sergei Bobrovsky, or the well-traveled veteran, Brian Boucher?

SC: I would go with the rookie (Sergei Bobrovsky), but have him on a short leash. It’s easier for the veteran (Brian Boucher) to come into a game in relief than a rookie.


TFB: It’s widely known amongst the NHL that the Flyers have one of the league’s deepest line-ups both at forward and defense.  What player or players in particular do the Flyers need to step up most in these last 10 regular season games?

SC: Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk have been very quiet lately. Time to step to forefront. Ditto Sergei Bobrovsky (of course).


TFB: A season-long debate has raged as to who should be the Flyers’ twelfth forward, with Jody Shelley, who’s recently gone on the shelf with a fractured orbital bone, Dan Carcillo, and Nikolay Zherdev all rotating into what has been perceived as the 12th forward slot.  If you were head coach Peter Laviolette, what player would you put in that slot, and why?

SC: I would rotate Zherdev and Carcillo, depending on the opponent. If it’s a physical opponent, I’d go with Carcillo. If not, I’d go with Zherdev.

…I take this to mean it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing Zherdev again this season unless there’s an injury.


TFB: Entering tonight’s (Thursday vs. PIT, 3/24/11) action, the Flyers lead the Atlantic Division by five points over the Pittsburgh Penguins with one game in hand, and lead the Eastern Conference by one point over the Washington Capitals with a game in hand, despite falling to Washington in a shootout Tuesday night.  Do you see them winning both the Atlantic and Eastern Conference by season’s end, one of the two, or neither?

SC: I think the Flyers will win both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference, but getting a win Thursday against the Penguins in Philadelphia is the key.


TFB: The New York Rangers (84 pts, 7th place), Buffalo Sabres (81 pts, 8th place), and Carolina Hurricanes (78 pts, 9th place) are all in a dogfight for the final two playoff spots.  If the standings hold true and the Flyers win the division, which would likely assure them of the 1st or 2nd seed, which one of these teams is the best matchup for the Flyers and why?  The worst?

SC: The Rangers would be the worst matchup because they are peaking at the right time and have a gear goalie (Henrik Lundqvist). Buffalo also has a great goaltender in Ryan Miller but I question the Sabres’ offense.  Carolina isn’t as well-rounded as the other two, so I think the ‘Canes would be the Flyers’ most desired opponent in the first round.


Thanks again to Sam Carchidi for offering his thoughts on everything Orange and Black.

Follow Sam on Twitter if you aren’t already at @BroadStBull

Tweet: Zhe Back In

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on February 26, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Seven straight healthy scratches should make for a charged-up Ukrainian tonight in Ottawa.  Count on at least one goal.

News: Zherdev Clears Waivers, Awkwardness Ensues

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on February 24, 2011 by Josh Getzoff’s Tim Panaccio is reporting that Nikolay Zherdev cleared waivers, and no team put a waiver-wire claim on the enigmatic Russian.

Even weirder: Zherdev took part in the team’s optional skate this morning at the Flyers SkateZone in Vorhees, NJ.



…Does Z go to Adirondack?  That seems to be what most people are expecting.  That would be a mistake as well, because Zherdev is regaining his enigmatic status, and a trip to Glens Falls would seem to only escalate the process.  I personally don’t feel like there’s spot for Zherdev on this team, at least not at this point.  Too awkward, and just simply not enough room for the Ukrainian.

Tweet: Nikolay Zherdev Placed on Waivers

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on February 23, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Well, I don’t think many people saw THAT one coming.  Jesus, Zherdev has really gone down-hill incredibly fast with the Flyers, despite scoring 15 goals in limited action this season.  It seems that the fact that the  team “couldn’t find him” last Friday night against Carolina when they were looking to replace the ill Mike Richards with Zherdev may have been the final straw.  It’s a shame, really.  Zherdev has all the talent in the world.  Just no drive or push to be one of the best in the world.  Hopefully someone can claim him and get his salary off the Flyers’ hands – just hope it’s a not a team jockeying for Eastern Conference positioning with the Flyers or a potential playoff opponent.

Today’s Lines at Practice

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

…Still say Carcillo should be the odd-man out, but it appears I’m never going to get my way.  Look for these to be the combo’s tomorrow night against Tampa.

Zherdev Remains an Enigma

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on January 14, 2011 by Josh Getzoff


…I was totally in favor of the Flyers bringing in a guy like Zherdev this summer.  Sure, he’s had his issues, but what were the chances he’d continue to be an enigma here in Philly?  I guess I didn’t really look at the guy the Flyers were bringing in.  Despite remaining one of the most puzzling individuals to ever put on a Flyers uniform, Nikky Z still is one of the team’s top goal scorers, adding his fourteenth of the season last night.  His two assists obviously are a concern, and the fact that he seems to take prolonged absences (3-4 games at a time) out of Peter Laviolette’s line-up also is a sign that he certainly will be gone after this season.

Of course, when it comes to THIS season, Zherdev, in my opinion, brings a helluva lot more to the table than does Dan Carcillo.  I am in favor of having an enigmatic Zherdev in the line-up more than an undisciplined Carcillo, but then again there’s also a reason I’m not the Flyers’ bench boss.  We shall see how it all plays out, but hopefully Zherdev can start to shed that ‘enigma’ label and start making a better reputation for himself in this league, because, as Frank Seravalli says in that article, he certainly has the tools to be great.

Tweets: Wellwood Called Up, Line Changes if Briere Suspended

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News tweeted this morning about the Flyers’ latest call-up:

Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweeted about possible line changes if Danny Briere is lost to a suspension tonight: