As reported by TSN and the Dallas Morning News, long time Dallas Stars defenseman Sergei Zubov has signed with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. Zubov only played in 10 games last season with the Stars, due to a severe hip injury.
After 12 season's with Dallas the Russian born blueliner reportedly is returning home for a two-year deal. The Stars worked all summer to iron out a deal, which clearly couldn't develop.
Zubov's agent had also been in contact with other teams, but lets be honest: a 10-game season, major hip injury and being 39-years old is a hard sell to any team. Including your employer of the last 12 years.
"Zubie is the most skilled, talented, patient, poised guy I've ever played with, and that includes forwards," former Stars defenseman Craig Ludwig said to the Dallas Morning News. "I hope he goes over there and does great."
Zubov is the Stars all time scoring leader for defenseman with 549 points in 839 games. He will be remembered by Stars fans for his quick pass and shot, calm demeanor and his ability to shut down the best of forwards.
Zubov won the Stanley Cup twice, once in 1994 with the New York Rangers, who drafted Zubov in 1990 at 85th overall; and with the Dallas Stars in 1999.
Its a sad day to see a Stars legend leaving, many knew Zubov was done in Dallas but I had held out hope he would take a front office or coaching job with the team. Especially since the assistant coach handling the defense is available. Would anyone have handled that job better for the Stars than Zubov? I think not.
Ken Armer is a Senior Writer and a Community Leader for the NHL and Dallas Stars. You can contact him on his profile or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org