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.