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8/19/2006 10:29:27 AM

According to a report in the Columbus Dispatch, negotiations between the Blue Jackets and restricted free agent winger Nikolai Zherdev are reaching a head.

"If we don't have a deal by next week, he's playing in Russia," Zherdev's agent, Rolland Hedges, told the paper Friday.

"Our deadline is Oct. 5," Hedges continued, "but we've been told (by the Blue Jackets) that we need to get a deal done within the next week. To me, that's a deadline. In fairness to the team, they want to know where things stand so they can prepare. I can understand that."

Blue Jackets assistant GM Jim Clark insisted that there wasn't a hard deadline for a Zherdev deal, but indicated that it would have to get done soon in orer for immigration paperwork to be renewed on time.

The paper reports that Zherdev is seeking either a lucrative one-year deal or a longer, three or four-year deal, with the Blue Jackets apparently offering a one-year, $1-million deal or a two-year, $3-million contract.

The 21 year-old winger started to come into his own last season, scoring 27 goals and 54 points in 73 games.

The Dispatch reports that Zherdev is already under contract with a Russian team, Khimik Voskresenk, so if a deal does not get reached with the Blue Jackets, it is possible that he'll remain in Russia, though at this point of the summer, the option of staying in Russia could merely be seen as leverage in contract negotiations.
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