Zherdev to Join Team Russia in Switzerland
Thursday April 30th 2009, 9:34 pm

According to Russian sports daily Sport Express, New York Rangers forward Nikolai Zherdev is on his way to Switzerland and will join Team Russia at the 2009 IIHF World Championship on Friday.  Zherdev will be the final addition to the Russian roster and is expected to see his first action against Team USA on Saturday.

Update 05/01/09 1:04pm – Sport Express, citing the official site of the Finnish Ice Hockey Federation, is also reporting that fellow Ranger Lauri Korpikoski was invited to join Team Finland at the World Championships, but that an undisclosed injury suffered during the Rangers first round series against Washington will force the 22-year old forward to miss the tournament.

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    Laurie, you probably saw it already but anyway…

    Zherdev was quoted on sports.ru from his interview to radio Mayak. As a bitter Rangers fan it seemed to me that he was looking more toward playing for Team Russia than beating Washington…

    Comment by Kovazub94 05.01.09 @ 3:59 pm

    I hadn’t seen it yet, thanks. Allhockey had a better version, which included the questions. Seeing his responses in context with the questions makes him come off a little better than he did in the Sports.ru article, but I agree, even as a non-bitter Ranger fan (did you really expect them to win?), his nonchalance towards the playoffs and losing to Washington is a little annoying.

    Comment by laurie 05.02.09 @ 2:59 am

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