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07-20-2009, 03:00 PM
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Looking for opinions on Zubov.

I have been a huge fan of Zubov his entire career. IMO he has been one of the most underrated defensemen in the league for many years. Admittedly I have not seen him play much the last 2 years.

Just wondering if he has anything left in the tank? Is he still capable of quarterbacking a PP?

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07-20-2009, 03:59 PM
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Both times the last 2 years when Zubov returned from injuries you could see the rust, most likely from laying off so long though. His vision is always there, very few see the game like he does. If he enters the season healthy I think he can get pretty close to where he was a smooth skating, slick passing, hard shooting great defenseman, no way he can carry the minutes he used to carry though. But my fear is that he is one hard hit against the boards away from being done permanently.

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Both times the last 2 years when Zubov returned from injuries you could see the rust, most likely from laying off so long though. His vision is always there, very few see the game like he does. If he enters the season healthy I think he can get pretty close to where he was a smooth skating, slick passing, hard shooting great defenseman, no way he can carry the minutes he used to carry though. But my fear is that he is one hard hit against the boards away from being done permanently.
After he was injured for half the season in '07-'08, he came back in the playoffs and led the team in minutes his second game. I still think he can handle the workload if his hips can hold up.

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But the more minutes he has to carry the more wear and tear his hips will have to take and the less I see him making it through the whole season. I think the best way for a team to utilize him is running the point on the powerplay and a 2nd pairing defenseman to keep his minutes down. With Zubov I think it is hard to resist the temptation to play him a ton of minutes because of how good he is and how smooth he makes everything look.

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After he was injured for half the season in '07-'08, he came back in the playoffs and led the team in minutes his second game. I still think he can handle the workload if his hips can hold up.
Zubov appears to be one of those "all or nothing" guys. He will either be a team's best defenseman who plays 25+ mins, mans both PP units (half of the time), and kills penalties....or he will be on the IR.

Over on the Rangers boards all the talk was about getting Zubov and having him be their 3rd pair PP specialist d-man. I personally don't see this happening, there or anywhere. He will either be healthy, thereby warranting top minutes in every situation, or he'll be injured. I have a hard time believing a coach will look down his bench and not throw Zubov out there over at least 4 other d-men. Zubov is a game-changer, both by his presence, or lack thereof.

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He is "close to signing" with SKA, St. Petersburg

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He is "close to signing" with SKA, St. Petersburg
to me this is best case scenario for Zubbie besides him signing with the Stars again. His last NHL team should be Dallas, and when he does decide to retire from pro hockey he'll always have a home there

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He is "close to signing" with SKA, St. Petersburg
I heard Yaroslavl

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Sergei Zubov with SKA St.Petersburg ?

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According to Sport-Express.ru, former Dallas Stars defenseman and free agent Sergei Zubov is close to signing with SKA St. Petersburg.

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Here is the Russian link > http://news.sport-express.ru/2009-07-30/313497/

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Nothing in that article about the $$$...

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Zubov seemingly signed two year deal with SKA - KHL just informed.

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If it's true, atleast he won't be back to haunt us.

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According to Sport-Express.ru it's a 2 year deal

http://news.sport-express.ru/2009-07-30/313620/

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If he is truly gone, I wish him the best. He was a great player for us for years. The real question now, is who is going to quarterback on the point. We need a top defenceman to start breakouts and a good shot from the point. I thinking either trade or maybe Schneider?

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Sounds like Dallas refused to give him an offer which he desired...

A bit of a shame

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He's still one of the best when he's healthy, but he can't stay healthy. You can't dedicate so much salary to a guy that is iffy on being in the lineup for long stretches. The NHL is a very physical league.

Frankly I am surprised the chain smoking lunatic was as good as he was for as long as he was.

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