After a couple of injury plagued seasons, defenseman Sergei Zubov is heading back home to Russia to play in the KHL. The 39 year old Zubov leaves the National Hockey League as one of the most underrated blue liners of all time. With 152 goals and 619 assists in 1068 career games, he has proven to be a model of consistency over his 16 year career.
Drafted by the Rangers in 1990, Zubov won a Stanley Cup with New York in 1994 before being shipped to Pittsburgh a year later. After one season with the Penguins he was traded to Dallas where enjoyed his best years as an pro.
Zubov played 12 seasons with Dallas and was a fan favorite. He was a key contributor to the teams first and only Stanley Cup in 1999. He continues a trend of older European players heading back overseas to finish up their playing days. Jaromir Jagr and Sergei Fedorov are other examples of former National Hockey League stars heading to the KHL in the twilight of their careers. This may be disappointing to some fans to see these greats leave but ultimately the KHL is a competitive league that allows them to continue their careers at a high level for a few more seasons.
Sergei Zubov was a class act on and off the ice. An extremely consistent player that was never flashy but always got the job done. This may be why he was so underrated over the course of his career, because he made it look so easy out there on the ice. He will be missed by the Stars and their fans but not forgotten as he holds many records that won’t be broken by a Stars defenseman anytime soon.