Zherdev's day off 'intentional'

Updated: December 9, 2003, 10:44 AM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Nikolai Zherdev did not practice Monday amid conflicting accounts regarding his future in the league, his Russian military status and even the status of one of his Russian coaches, Vasily Tikhonov.

Blue Jackets spokesman Todd Sharrock said Zherdev's day off was "intentional." Sharrock added that the team thought Zherdev, 19, needed the rest after his hectic week. Zherdev is expected back at practice Tuesday and to play in Columbus' next game, Wednesday against ...

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