Philadelphia - The Philadelphia Flyers signed free agent right winger Nikolai Zherdev to a one-year contract on Friday.
Zherdev played five seasons in the NHL, four with the Columbus Blue Jackets and one with the New York Rangers. He left the NHL following the 2008-09 campaign to play for Atlant-Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League after the Rangers refused an arbitrator's award.
"Nik is a highly-skilled player who, at 25-years-old, we feel will be a good fit to our core of forwards," said general manager Paul Holmgren. "Prior to playing last season in Russia, Nik ranked as one of the top young point- producers in the NHL. We are pleased to add him to our team."
Originally taken fourth overall by Columbus in the 2003 draft, Zherdev has 99 goals and 140 assists in 365 career NHL games.