While Nikolai Zherdev may well be on the path to a return to the NHL, it will not be with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
While various internet reports stated that the enigmatic Russian sniper has been in discussion to resume his NHL career in Toronto, TSN has learned that the Maple Leafs have no interest in the 25-year old who spent last season with Atlant Mytischi of the Kontinental Hockey League.
There have also been reports that he is in negotiations with the Buffalo Sabres.
According to Atlant's Russian website, Zherdev is looking for a multi-year deal worth a reported $4 million per season.
The Kiev native was originally selected fourth overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. He last played in the NHL in the 2008-09 season where he racked up 23 goals and 35 assists in 82 games with the New York Rangers.
In 52 games last season with Atlant, Zherdev had 13 goals and 26 assists.