Nikolai Zherdev going to KHL

A week after the New York Rangers walked away from Nikolai Zherdev’s salary arbitration ruling, the free agent appears headed to the Russian based KHL.

According to, Zherdev is expected to sign a deal with Salavatovo Yuleav Ufa, a team that also employees former NHL’ers Alexander Perezhogin and Alexander Radulov.(source-TSN)

The financial terms haven’t been disclosed but it’s apparent that the KHL is becoming a real contender with the NHL for signing talent. With the trend of waiting to sign 2nd tier free agents this summer it might become more frequent to see player going over-seas, especially European players.