Tag:Eric Fehr
Posted on: July 31, 2011 7:20 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 7:23 pm

Where will Nikolay Zherdev land?

ZherdevBy: Adam Gretz

Whenever Nikolay Zherdev is the subject of discussion it's inevitable that the word enigma is going to get thrown around. The 26-year-old winger oozes talent and seemingly untapped potential, but has been frustrating teams and coaches since his NHL debut during the 2003-04 season. He remains unsigned as the calender is set to flip over to August, and is easily the biggest boom-or-bust player still waiting for a chance.

It's not yet known whether that chance will come with an NHL team or somewhere in Russia.

The folks over at Broad Street Hockey translated a Russian interview with Zherdev late last week where he talked about his potential landing spots (he also shared his critical feelings for his former general manager and coach), including his interest in playing for the Winnipeg Jets, as well as a possible jump to the KHL (which is something that, for some reason, seems like it would have already happened by now).

Somebody is going to take a chance on the talented winger because there's still too much offensive ability and upside to ingnore, and at 26, he's not exactly over-the-hill or on what would be the downside of his career. It can be too tempting to pass up, even if he can be frustrating in the defensive end of the ice and maddeningly inconsistent.

At this point Zherdev is what he is -- a talented, one-dimensional offensive threat that can score goals when put into the right situations. And that can be a useful asset to a team like Winnipeg that was 20th in goals per game last season, and has added nothing more than depth players this summer, while also buying low on Eric Fehr.

Zherdev scored more goals (16) with the Flyers last season than any remaining free agent on the open market (that's excluding Anaheim-or-bust Teemu Selanne), and did so by playing in just 56 games, which is a 23-goal pace over an 82 game season. That's nearly identical to what he did over the prior two seasons as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers.

When asking whether or not the Jets should be the team to pursue Zherdev, Drew Mindell at Illegal Curve concluded the answer should be a rather easy yes, provided it's only a low-risk one-year deal. And that seems fair. No NHL team should be willing to hand out a multi-year contract at this point because there's just too much uncertainty as to what you're going to get, and a team like the Jets seems to be a match in terms of having a need for some sort of additional offensive firepower. Even if it does carry some risk.

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Posted on: July 8, 2011 5:38 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 8:01 pm

Eric Fehr traded to Winnipeg

Eric Fehr traded to Winnipeg

By: Adam Gretz

Outside of re-signing team captain Andrew Ladd to a contract extension earlier this week, the Winnipeg Jets' offseason has been a calm one. Perhaps even a little patient. The club hasn't jumped into a weak free agent class and has instead made only a couple of minor depth additions. On Friday, the club made a slightly larger move when it acquired forward Eric Fehr from the Washington Capitals in exchange for minor leaguer Danick Paquette and a fourth-round draft pick in 2012.

Fehr, who has to pass a physical by 5 PM Monday for the deal to become official, has had his career derailed by injuries since being selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2003 draft. In 52 games with the Capitals last season he scored 10 goals to go with 10 assists, after scoring a career-high 21 goals the previous season in 69 games.

Since making his NHL debut during the 2005-06 campaign Fehr has played more than 60 games just twice in his career. He is still only 25 years old and has enough ability that this is a worthy gamble by the Jets front office, especially given the relatively cheap price they had to surrender to make it happen.

The key aspect of the trade for the Capitals is getting Fehr's $2.2 million cap hit off the books for the upcoming season, as the club needed to clear cap space and still has to work out a deal with restricted free agent defenseman Karl Alzner. This should help, and given the offseason additions of Joel Ward, Troy Brouwer and Jeff Halpern up front, shouldn't hurt the on-ice product. Even if the return isn't all that impressive.

Paquette, a third-round pick by the Thrashers organization in 2008, spent the 2010-11 season playing for the Gwinnett Gladiators of the East Coast Hockey League where he scored 13 goals in 59 games. According to Hockey's Future, he has the potential "to be an effective energy line player and possible power play threat."

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Posted on: March 21, 2011 1:35 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2011 1:29 am

Injury sidelines Caps' Ovechkin 7-10 days

ARLINGTON, Va. --- Words like “nagging injury,” “aches and pains” and “maintenance” were tossed around the practice rink to explain why Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin' will miss seven to 10 days.

Then Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau was asked if Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers was a playoff contest -- not just one of 82 regular season games -- if his captain would play.

“Probably not,” Boudreau told reporters on Monday. 

The official word is that Ovechkin is sore. Not upper body. Not lower body. Just sore. 

“He's had some nagging injuries for a while now,” Boudreau said. “We only have one game in six days, so we thought this would be the best time to get him completely healed up.”

Ovechkin collided knee-on-knee with Detroit's Darren Helm last week and Ovechkin is also thought to have some sort of hand injury, but Boudreau refused to go into specifics. 

“He hasn't practiced with the team in a while,” Boudreau said. “He wants to feel better. He doesn't like waking up every moning and feeling like he's got to go through an hour of (treatment) to get ready for practice. He wants to play. The playoffs are important to him.”

Ovechkin has been a fairly sturdy player through the first six years of his career, including the last couple seasons where he's missed about as many games due to suspension and injury. 

But injury is just theory for his lack of production this season. Even before it was announced he'd be out of the lineup, Ovechkin was already on pace for career lows in goals. He has 29 goals and 48 assists this season, although he has seen a spurt in production of late. 

“I don't know what's wrong with him,” linemate Mike Knuble said. “Like anybody else, he's banged up a little bit. You never know the severity of it. . . . It's nothing season-ending by any means.”

The Caps were already without forwards Eric Fehr (shoulder) and Jason Arnott (undisclosed injury) along with defenseman Mike Green (concussion). Boudreau said Fehr is questionable for Tuesday. Arnott skated on his own before practice began and Boudreau said “he felt good,” but gave no indication when ether Arnott or Green would return. 

Washington just got center Nicklas Backstrom back Friday from a thumb injury that kept him out five games. 
-- A.J. Perez
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