Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sergei Zubov Signs Contract, KHL Bound

Update (7/30 @ 3:50PM)

TSN confirming what was rumored earlier:

After a 16-year NHL career, Sergei Zubov is heading home as the 39-year old blueliner has signed with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.

As I posted back on July 10th, the day that Paul Mara signed with the Canadiens, the Rangers were rumored to be interesting in bringing Sergei Zubov back to the Big Apple.

At the time I said (and I still feel this way) that bringing Zubov back to New York would be a significant mistake. Zubov in my opinion is way too injury prone at this point in his career to be considered by Sather, he's played in a combined 56 games over the past two NHL seasons in Dallas. [Career Stats]

Beyond The Blueshirts reported this morning that Zubov is close to signing a deal to play in Russia next season:
According to Sport Express, former New York Ranger Sergei Zubov, who’s spent the last dozen years playing in the Lone Star State with the Dallas Stars, is close to signing with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. The paper reports that the 39-year old defenseman has received interest from nine NHL clubs and several teams in Russia, and has even considered retirement, but could now be days away from signing with SKA and head coach Barry Smith. If true, Zubov would join another former Ranger, Darius Kasparitis, on patrol on the St. Petersburg blueline.
Despite the fact that I don't want Zubov back in New York, I really appreciate what he did for the Rangers in '94 when he helped bring the Cup to New York. I also respect that for over a decade he was a premier defenseman in the NHL who was extremely talented. Despite the fact that he has been so injury plagued over the last few years, the fans in Dallas wanted him to retire a Star. While looking for images of Zubov, I found this excellant post from Defending Big D.

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