Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the team has acquired center Dainius Zubrus and defenseman Timo Helbling from Washington, in exchange for center Jiri Novotny and Buffalo's first-round selection in the 2007 Entry Draft.
Zubrus, 28, (DAYN-ihs ZOO-brus) has played in 60 games for the Capitals this season, recording 20 goals and 32 assists, along with 52 PIMs. Currently in his 12th NHL season, Zubrus has 352 points (134+218) in 670 games with Washington, Montreal and Philadelphia. Last season was Zubrus' best in the NHL, finishing with 57 points (23+34) in 71 games, including 13 PP goals and 5 GWG. He also has 14 points (7+7) in 36 career playoff games. Zubrus was originally selected by Philadelphia in the first round (15th overall) in the 1996 Entry Draft.
Helbling (25 years old, 6-3, 217 lbs.) has one assist in 11 career NHL games with Washington and Tampa Bay. He was originally selected by Nashville in the sixth round, 162nd overall, in 1999 Entry Draft. He was traded to Tampa Bay by Nashville for Tampa Bay's eighth-round choice (Pekka Rinne) in 2004 Entry Draft, Feb. 25, 2004. Washington signed Helbling as a free agent on August 8, 2006.
Novotny was Buffalo's first-round choice (22nd overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He had 13 points (6+7) in 50 games with Buffalo this season.