According to Tom Gulitti’s Fire and Ice Blog, the New Jersey Devils and veteran forward Dainius Zubrus may be close to completing a deal which would keep the 35-year-old from hitting the the free-agent market on July 5. However, the Devils have not made any official announcement and neither has Zubrus. Yet, The Record, a North Jersey newspaper, apparently has received information from an unnamed source who claims the former draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers will be re-signed for three years at $3 million per year.
Zubrus is days away from the end of a six-year, $3.4 million contract. If this is the deal that the Lithuanian native does ink, it will be a slight cut in pay, but it will mean that he will remain where he wants to be: the Garden State.
“As I said at the end of the year,” Zubrus explained in an interview on Gulitti’s blog, “my first choice is staying where I am.” Zubrus has stated in several other postseason interviews that his wife and children enjoy living in New Jersey and that staying here was a priority for him.
Zubrus would also only confirm that his agent Jerrold Colton has been in talks with Devils GM Lou Lamoriello.
“Nothing is finalized yet,” Zubrus continued. “It ‘s not a done deal. They have talked and all of that stuff I take it as a very positive in hoping that everything is going to go through.”
Currently, Zubrus is spending some time in Florida with his young family. In 22 games for the Devils this season, he had two goals and seven assists. He missed a big chunk of the lockout-shortened season with a wrist injury which required surgery.