Flyers winger Nik Zherdev, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, was arrested in Russia after an incident with his wife, according to the Russian newspaper MK.
The newspaper said Zherdev, 26, smashed the Bentley his wife was driving with a metal rod and threatened her after an argument. The incident reportedly took place outside the restaurant where they had eaten.
The newspaper said witnesses heard him shouting threats to his wife.
Another newspaper, Sovietsky Sport, interviewed the restaurant's manager, who said security guards did not witness any incident.
MK reported that police were investigating the wife's "complaint about the threat of murder. However, in the opinion of the officers of the law, there are not enough grounds to hold the hockey player responsible for this charge, because the athlete apparently doesn't have reasons to wish death to his wife."