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Posted 10:17 PM ET | Comments 15
*** First of all let’s take a look at Nik Zherdev. He is exactly what he was signed to be. Here are the stats to back up my assertion from Philly.com:
• Zherdev is averaging 12 minutes, 11 seconds of ice time per game. That put him 554th in the league.
• Yet, he was tied for 20th in the NHL in goals heading into Saturday night's games.
• He was scoring at a higher rate than most NHL players, including a guy named Alex Ovechkin.
• Entering Saturday, Ovechkin had 12 goals in 709 minutes, an average of a goal every 59.1 minutes.
• Zherdev has 13 goals in 378 minutes, an average of one goal every 29 minutes.

The press doesn’t like him because he doesn’t do interviews, so they write bad articles about him. Come on guys, there are plenty of guys on the Flyers to give you quotes on a daily basis. He has also done most of his damage with the less talented forward on the Flyers. Lately he is playing wing next to Carter and opposite JVR. He has also scored on the only shootout attempt he has been given this year. Laviolette should run him out there as the first shooter in a shootout game after game and follow him with Giroux and Briere.

*** Now I really like the line combinations recently of Nodl, Richards, and Giroux followed by Hartnell, Briere, and Leino, the third group of JVR, Carter and Zherdev, and the fourth line of Carcillo, Betts, and Powe. This spreads the offense fairly equally over 3 lines and actually creates a 4th line that can play hockey. I am begging the Flyers to waive Jody Shelley as he cannot play the game and he took a major cheap shot a few games back which put the Flyers on a 5 minute penalty kill.

*** Next let’s look at the Flyers defense. Too many people complained in July about the additions on the Flyers blue line. The 2 newcomers are only leading the NHL in plus/minus before the Pronger injury. The depth that Holmgren has amassed will now be on display as Meszaros will simply move up from the 3rd pair and play in the first pair. This guy is a true warrior that loves to hit and can really shoot the puck pretty well also. Kimmo and Coburn are playing at a very high level and Matt Carle seems to be getting better every game.

*** Laviolette should take care of Holmgren a nice Christmas present for making the coaching job for him much easier. Holmgren has given Laviolette a huge array of offensive weapons, a defense so deep that you don’t have to match up, and a trio of goalies that are all playing at very similar levels. With this team as deep as they are, it really does not matter who in the crease. Bob has been very good as a rookie. He seems totally oblivious to the situation and just plays the puck. Boosh has been fantastic also. Leighton will be back sometime this week and I do not expect any drop-off in the crease no matter who is in there.

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December 20, 2010 8:05 AM ET | Delete
If Zherdev as exactly what he was signed to be. How come he's been a healthy scratch and been demoted to the 4th line? Why would a Coach scratch a player, and limit his icetime, and demote him to the 4th line, if he's been exactly what he was signed to be?
December 20, 2010 8:08 AM ET | Delete
I understand about waiving Shelley but they need a bruiser. They should've kept Asham but they didn't. I would demote Leighton and keep Boosh/Bob. Nice blog Phig!!!
December 20, 2010 8:45 AM ET | Delete
And to say that Jody Shelley can't play the game, is a completely innacurate and uninformed statement.
December 20, 2010 9:01 AM ET | Delete
A couple of more comments. Leighton hasn't played an NHL game yet this year. How is he playing at a similar level to Boucher and Bobrovsky? And as far as the defense goes. Matt Carle has arguably been the Flyers best defenseman this Season.
December 20, 2010 2:52 PM ET | Delete
I've been happy with Carle but I think Meszaros has been their best d-man so far
December 20, 2010 11:59 PM ET | Delete
December 21, 2010 12:00 AM ET | Delete
Zherdev was signed to put pucks in the net and he has. Regardless of the methods required. Success for the signing.
December 21, 2010 12:01 AM ET | Delete
Shelley cannot play on the Power play, he cannot kill penalties, he cannot win a fight, he cannot play a regular shift, he cannot shoot, he cannot pass. Do you want him on the ice in a 1 goal game? Enough said!
December 21, 2010 12:03 AM ET | Delete
I based my assessment of Leighton on his year last year and during the preseason. Now if his foot is numb and he cannot push off that is a different story. However if he is healthy then I see no trend to think that he will not contribute to the Flyers during the second half of the season.
December 21, 2010 9:09 AM ET | Delete
December 21, 2010 9:19 AM ET | Delete
Ah Phigment. Ask yourslef a simple comment about Shelley. If what you say is true. Why has Laviolette played him in every game but 3. Why did Holmgren sign him. Look deeper. If your going to have any credibility, you need to learn this game better, and recognize what players bring to the ice.
December 23, 2010 11:12 PM ET | Delete
Playing the guy for 6 minutes a game while others are hurt is not saying much for his ability. Why has he been scratched since everyone else has returned from injury? People still think an "enforcer" is needed, but the Flyers and many other teams are approaching a team toughness instead of a GOON like Shelley. The Flyers have Hartnell, Carcillo, Richards, Pronger, and ODonnell - they don't need goon on ice.
December 23, 2010 11:16 PM ET | Delete
He played because Carcillo was hurt. He is not a Flyer. He gives out cheap shots and that is NOT how Philly plays the game. I equate him to a guy like Ulf Sammuelson - never a real Flyer in my mind!
December 24, 2010 11:38 AM ET | Delete
Shelly can win everyone over with a couple good timed fights and maybe a goal or two, The bar is not set high for him but they're lack of fight when down against Florida was disturbing. Shelly, Richards, Someone should have dropped the gloves to try to get the team sparked, Lappy would have without a doubt last year.
December 27, 2010 2:36 PM ET | Delete
GPerogie, Shelley couldn't start a fight in the Panthers game, as he was a healthy scratch.
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