Sunday, August 27, 2006
Loyalty first?Doug MacLean spent more than $600,000 and went to the State Department to get Nikolai Zherdev out of Russia and to North America to play for the Blue Jackets in 2003. Three years later, the young player's contract is up, and he's back in Russia playing while agent Rolland Hedges threatens to keep his player there unless their money demands are met here. Blackmail? Usually, it's the Russians doing that to the NHL. Doesn't Zherdev owe MacLean at this point? At what price comes loyalty these days?