July 31, 2005
DALLAS STARS RE-SIGN DEFENSEMAN SERGEI ZUBOV
FRISCO, Tex. - Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has re-signed defenseman Sergei Zubov to a three-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms were disclosed.
"We're extremely pleased and excited that we were able to work out a new contract with Sergei," said Armstrong. "The new rules of the league make skilled defensemen all the more valuable for your team and he's consistently been one of the best in the NHL."
Since the start of the 1993-94 season, Zubov ranks third among all NHL defensemen in points with 575 (trailing only Brian Leetch, 628, and Nicklas Lidstrom, 625) and is the only active defenseman to have posted 40-plus points and 30-plus assists for nine consecutive seasons.
Zubov, 35, has played in 627 games for Dallas over the course of eight seasons and ranks second among defensemen in franchise history in both assists (303) and points (385), and fifth among blue-liners in games played. Among all players in franchise history, Zubov ranks eighth overall in assists, 10th in games played and 12th in points.
The Moscow native also holds numerous franchise records for defensemen in the playoffs, including most career assists (43) and points (56), as well as the most goals (4), assists (6) and points (10) for a blue-liner in a single playoff series, all set vs. Edmonton in 2003. Among all playoff performers in franchise history, he ranks fifth in assists, sixth in points and tied for fifth in games played (92).
During the 2003-04 season, Zubov posted seven goals and 35 assists for 42 points with 20 penalty minutes in 77 appearances, ranking first on the club in power play assists, tied for second in assists and sixth in points. He posted his 600th career NHL point with an assist on Feb. 20, 2004 vs. Colorado, becoming just the third defenseman in NHL history born outside of North America to have reached the 600-point milestone (Borje Salming and Lidstrom).
The 6-1, 200-lb. defenseman played in a career-high 211 consecutive games from Dec. 12, 2001 through Mar. 22, 2004, and appeared in his 800th career NHL game on Nov. 22, 2003 at St. Louis.
Zubov's most prolific NHL season came in 1994, when he notched 11 goals and a career-high 77 assists for 89 points as he helped lead the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup. During the 1999 Playoffs, he led all Stars defensemen in scoring with 13 points (one goal and 12 assists) and collected a game-high 54:09 minutes of ice time in Dallas' triple-overtime, Stanley Cup Finals-clinching victory in Game Six at Buffalo.
Originally selected by the Rangers in the fifth round (No. 85 overall) in the 1990 Entry Draft, Zubov was acquired by Dallas from Pittsburgh in exchange for Kevin Hatcher on June 22, 1996. Prior to gaining American citizenship, he represented Russia at the 1996 World Cup and played for the Confederation of Independent States (C.I.S.) team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Zubov also starred for Russia at two World Junior Championships, winning gold in 1989 and silver in 1990.