Monday, July 20, 2009
Bruins interested in Zubov

"Sports Illustrated's Allan Muir says that the Boston Bruins are one of nine teams interested in free-agent defenseman Sergei Zubov. Zubov, soon to be 39, has played only 56 games over the past two seasons with the Dallas Stars, but is healthy again."

There are a few things here that bother me about this rumor.

1. The Bruins have little to no cap space left and are apparently will in talks with Kessel. Matt Hunwick is also going to arbitration on July 24, so we'll see what the cap looks like after that date.

2. Zubov's bones have to be made of dust by now.

Zubov was a pretty good player for the Stars, but come on, seriously? His last productive season was the 2006-2007 season where he started 76 games and posted some pretty good numbers (12G, 42A and 54 points). The 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 season though, terrible. He played in 46 games in 07-08 and only 10 in 08-09.

In January of 2009, Zubov had hip surgery which came to the tune of missing 72 games for a terrible Dallas team (sorry Cole).

Last year Zubie made $5.3 million. What would he consider a decent contract for a guy who will eventually have his number retired in the Big D? There is no way he takes a Mark Recchi 1 year $1 million dollar salary, it just won't happen.

Zubov doesn't provide what the Bruins are looking for at defense. If you're looking to sign sing for 1.5-2M, why not just give it to Hunwick? Hunwick is a puck moving defenseman and is a hell-of-a-lot younger than Zubov.

I hope the Bruins don't go after Zubov, it makes no sense to me.
Blogger Tom said...
Zubov is necessary for two things:
1) QB'ing the second PP unit.
2) More importantly, making a smooth first pass out of the defensive zone.

With Zubov on the roster, there's no way the Bruins get upset by a team like Carolina.

Blogger Cole Jones said...

better beantown than st. louis, as far as i'm concerned..... better boston than most other teams, actually...

but better dallas, than boston :(

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