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#21 thefiestygoat

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 02:36 AM

I think this is a fair deal to both sides, I'm happy about it. I don't think that 3rd year is going to be that big of a problem.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:12 AM

It's the most happy day, talking about hockey, for a few months for me. I believed Zubes and Devils will not part ways, but was a little worried, because 1st of july is coming faster and faster. Besides of emotions, it's a fair deal for both sides. It;s not a ridiculous 5-6 mil contract like Rolston had, it's a normal cap hit for a very important piece of the squad. Zubes playing with heart and doing things that helps other players to get on the sheet. Not worried about 3rd year at all, because he will still be 37 at the end of that season and that's not a big age for such type of players. Now keep Elias


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:17 AM

A 3mm 3rd year isn't going to hurt us...   I'm fine with it.

That third year likely made him sign today rather than test the market.   


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:20 AM

Glad to see Zubrus back. I agree the 3rd year probably made him sign it now instead of checking the market first, so I think we can live with that. I'd rather we overpay by $0.5M then lose him.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:45 AM

It's the most happy day, talking about hockey, for a few months for me. I believed Zubes and Devils will not part ways, but was a little worried, because 1st of july is coming faster and faster. Besides of emotions, it's a fair deal for both sides. It;s not a ridiculous 5-6 mil contract like Rolston had, it's a normal cap hit for a very important piece of the squad. Zubes playing with heart and doing things that helps other players to get on the sheet. Not worried about 3rd year at all, because he will still be 37 at the end of that season and that's not a big age for such type of players. Now keep Elias


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:48 AM

A 3mm 3rd year isn't going to hurt us... I'm fine with it.
That third year likely made him sign today rather than test the market.


We would have had to give him a third year anyway since other teams would have offered it. Not crazy about the third year but all FA's will get overpaid in terms of dollars or years regardless.
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Posted 27 June 2013 - 06:58 AM

I guess with the players that will be available are out there and the financial problems of the Devils it's better to sign someone you know. Zubrus is not a 1st or 2nd line player today actually hasn't been since he signed with the Devils. He's a good 3rd liner. 3  years is much too long but probably necessary to get him  to sign. I agree they would want to buy him out after next season or on 3rd year. $3M is also too much for him but considering, I would have liked and have been more comfortable with $2.5M/yr. 

 

Listen to Lou, with the contract he has to date given out and considering their finances I don't expect much from the Devils next season. Surprise me LOU.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 07:08 AM

DJ Zubes will be spinning in NJ for 3 more years! What he provides off the ice (vet leadership, great locker room guy, and eurobeats) will make up for the on ice decline unless the decline is rapid. Also, the bar I watch a lot of games at has a cute Lithuanian bartender and we always exchange ZUBBES chants. She says Zubes is huge in Lithuania; especially with the ladies.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 07:36 AM

Can I just comment on how nice it is to actually have Devils-related news worth sticky-ing?  

The offseason sucks.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 07:39 AM

I guess with the players that will be available are out there and the financial problems of the Devils it's better to sign someone you know. Zubrus is not a 1st or 2nd line player today actually hasn't been since he signed with the Devils. He's a good 3rd liner. 3  years is much too long but probably necessary to get him  to sign. I agree they would want to buy him out after next season or on 3rd year. $3M is also too much for him but considering, I would have liked and have been more comfortable with $2.5M/yr. 

 

Listen to Lou, with the contract he has to date given out and considering their finances I don't expect much from the Devils next season. Surprise me LOU.

 

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 07:51 AM

This is a fair signing.  Zubie is already a player who provides diminishing returns each year.  He provides very little offensive upside, but he is a player that is really built for the playoffs.   If we are lucky enough to make the playoffs next year, he could at least help us get to a second round, which justifies his regular season contract.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 07:52 AM

ZUUUUUUUUUBS


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 07:59 AM

This is a fair signing.  Zubie is already a player who provides diminishing returns each year.  He provides very little offensive upside, but he is a player that is really built for the playoffs.   If we are lucky enough to make the playoffs next year, he could at least help us get to a second round, which justifies his regular season contract.

 

His best season as a Devil was 2011-2012.  Hard to count a point total from a shortened season, in which a fluke injury kept him out for half of it, as diminishing returns.  


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 08:02 AM

I was thinking it would be 2.8 but i'm fine with 3/3. He is needed for the identity of this team.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 08:14 AM

Fine with it. It's Zuby. A little less and for 2 years would have been optimum, but what are you going to do.

 

I do like about Zuby he's a hard worker, you know what you get, a consumate pro, and he's never won a Stanley Cup. He still wants it, of course, and plans to do it here. I want a guy like that on my team.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 08:22 AM

Okay so in 2015-16 the Devils right now have Kovalchuk and Zajac with Loktionov, Josefson, and Henrique as cost-controlled players.  And Zubrus.  What I'm hoping is that this leads to letting one of Carter and Bernier go, not that I don't like them, but they are going to be both older and more expensive after next season.  There's just no way you can assume that Zubrus will be capable of playing in a top 9 in 2015-16.  The trouble here is that this is when people like Pietila should be, if he ever is, for NHL duty.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 08:37 AM

Blech.  I love Zubrus but 3 years is a buyout waiting to happen.  Hoping the number comes in around 8.5M total.

 

A little dramatic. When you look at what Philly's paying Bryzgalov not to play for them, you can't honestly think a $3M/3 year deal is buyout worthy? Not really going to cripple our cap situation in any way, we're not breaking the bank here.


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 08:46 AM

I think this is fine.  It's in the same vein as some trauma signings but with a more down to earth do-able bent to it. It's got loyalty written all over it on the organization's end, which I like.  It's good vibes while not being too insane.

 

What I don't like, is that it seems like it was necessary to get this done.  Reading between the lines - the fact they needed to hammer out this loyalty signing...  So timing and numbers not at all desperate - yet we can read in the urgency.  But it's not over the top...but it is insurance. I'm not ebing cryptic here right?  You all understand what I'm writing, yeah?


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 08:53 AM

 The trouble here is that this is when people like Pietila should be, if he ever is, for NHL duty.

 

I have no idea what that means. he should be in the Zube's role? making this money?  You're worried we'd sign him to this? That Zubes is filling his space?  I think it's good Zube's would be here to train him.  :noclue:


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Posted 27 June 2013 - 09:16 AM

A little dramatic. When you look at what Philly's paying Bryzgalov not to play for them, you can't honestly think a $3M/3 year deal is buyout worthy? Not really going to cripple our cap situation in any way, we're not breaking the bank here.

 

Dainius Zubrus was never that good a player, and players with his pedigree don't often have good Year 36 seasons.  The Devils have not been a cap team since 2010-11 and don't figure to be a cap team in the future, so I don't care about the salary cap, I care about the internal budget.  With Henrique, Loktionov, and Josefson all arbitration eligible by Year 3, the Devils won't be getting a ton of savings out of their forwards (They should be getting a lot out of their defense).

 

I have no idea what that means. he should be in the Zube's role? making this money?  You're worried we'd sign him to this? That Zubes is filling his space?  I think it's good Zube's would be here to train him.  :noclue:

 

Not making this money, but yeah, someone younger should be able to fill his spot by Year 3, and the Devils should be able to spend this money better elsewhere.


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