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Report: Zubrus, Devils agree on three-year extension

Jun 27, 2013, 8:05 AM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils will get another three years of forward Dainius Zubrus, according to a Bergen Record source. The exact financial terms of the deal are not yet known, but his annual cap hit is believed to be about $3 million.

If that’s true, it would represent a mild pay cut compared to the $3.4 million he had been earning annually over the last six seasons.

Although Zubrus said that the deal wasn’t finalized, he did emphasize his desire to stay within the organization that he’s played for since the start of 2007-08.

He’s a solid secondary scorer, but the 35-year-old coming off a rough season where he needed wrist surgery. He had two goals and nine points in just 22 contests as a result.

Zubrus is one of several Devils players that can become unrestricted free agents on July 5. Former 30-goal scorer David Clarkson is another that Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is trying to re-sign, but it sounds like those negotiations are not too far along.

“I’m continuing my dialogue with Lou,” Clarkson’s agent, Pat Morris said. “We haven’t gotten to economic specifics at all. It’s Lou trying to say the team will be in good shape and David can eliminate that worry from his mindset.

“David is digesting that information and we’ll go to the next phase if we can go to the next phase with it which is, hopefully, being able to listen to an economic position from New Jersey.”

The Devils are also still in danger of losing forward Patrik Elias, so even if Zubrus has agreed to terms, Lamoriello still has a lot of work left to do.

  1. 950003cups - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Zubrus is a big dude who plays both ends very well. Elias still has plenty of gas left in his tank, so hopefully he stays. Clarkson may not be the top stat guy, but he’s a fan favorite. We really want him to stay. Met the guy once, seemed like a very nice guy.

    But instincts tell me, he’s gonna get some hefty offers if he goes to FA. It’s a horrible FA class and he’s one of the top dawgz in 2013. So we’ll all see what happens.

  2. jb8383 - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Yeah I’m not so much worried about Elias as he has expressed he wants to remain a Devil, so I think they’ll work out a deal. Clarkson is gone, I think.

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  3. DED - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    That leaves about $21.8 million to sign Clarkson, Elias, Zidlicky, Henrique, Josefson, D’Agostini and others. Is that enough? While those last three are RFA’s you have to wonder if some devious GM might try throwing an offer sheet at them to force Lou to match.

    • martysbetter - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      The Devils stated they will not give D’Agostini a qualifying offer and Josefon has been already rumored to have received his – rumor also has it that the team is working on a multi-year deal for Henrique.

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Zidlicky will also not be back. Henrique has received his qualifying offer as well. So that leaves 21.8 milion for Clarkson and Elias, and especially if Clarkie doesn’t come back we can bring in a top FA, like Briere, Ribiero or Lacavalier.

  4. 950003cups - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Henrique’s qualifying offer just means that the Devils can match any offer sheet he would get this year. If he gets an offer of $2.5M a year for 3 years, and Devils match it, you can take that off the $21.8M

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      OK, so that still leaves 19.3 for Clarkie and Elias. I think they’re going to get matching cap hits but Clarkson’s deal being longer, somewhere in the 5 million range. So, that’s enough to bring in Lecavalier, Briere, Ribiero, anyone really. Heck, maybe even Mike Smith. Uncle Lou needs to spend to the cap for them to be contenders. Lucky for us, his defensemen get payed practically nothing as does Kovy, so were good. Looking forward to an exciting summer in NJ.

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