Monday, August 01, 2005

Zubov gets more than he's worth

Sergei Zubov re-signs with the Dallas Stars for $4-million a season, far too much to pay under a $39-million cap for a 35-year-old defenceman. Zubov is one of the top 40 blueliners in the league, certainly from an offensive standpoint, but he'll be close to 38 during the final year of this deal.

In the new NHL, there won't be many guys that age making that kind of money. And keep in mind that teams won't be able to buy their way out of mistakes from this point forward, as buy outs will count against the salary cap.

What this contract does do is set the bar for free agent defencemen, all of whom hit the market at noon today. Expect it to be interesting.

3 Comments:

At 10:24 AM, August 01, 2005, Blogger James Rankin said...

Zubov was paid 1 million dollars more than a 35 year old should receive. However, He is second only to Leetch in active points by a defenceman.

 
At 11:28 AM, August 01, 2005, Blogger Phil said...

I'd say he was about half a million overpaid, which the Stars can live with. Zubov is better than Top 40, he is one of the most solid blueliners in the game. He isn't as flashy or as fast as some other guys, but he plays well day in and day out, racking up assists and making his teammates look better.

 
At 12:16 AM, August 02, 2005, Anonymous Kash said...

I'd like to see you justify your comment that he is merely a "top 40 defenseman" in the NHL...

Regardless, for a 35 year old, I agree he is overpaid since his offensive numbers will taper with each passing year as he ages...

 

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