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Well, I just spoke to Zubrus. And he doesn't think he's going to sign an extension before the deadline. He said there was some talk this morning between the Caps and his agent, but no progress was made.

As I've reported, the sticking point is the length of term. He wants five years; the Caps want three. The money is about the same--$3 mil per.

Zubrus also said he was told not to skate this morning. When he was walking to his car here at Verizon Center moments ago, he said he was contemplating whether to take his equipment with him so he could head straight for the airport if he's dealt. But he didn't. He just headed for the door.

"I'm going to go home and get some rest," he said as he walked away. "We'll see if that happens."


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 27, 2007; 12:35 PM ET
 
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Well poo

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Im going to go cry now, maybe get boned up

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, what role does Hanlon have in the decision-making process? Is he in the caps "war room?" If so, he needs to speak up and tell GMGM/Leonsis to not deal Zubie! Give him 4 yrs at 3 million!!!

Posted by: jon | February 27, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

rangers rejoice. he's going to head there.

Posted by: rangers | February 27, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

He's worth more than a draft pick... GMGM had better get a reasonable return.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

tick...tick...tick...tick

Posted by: E | February 27, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Does his brother get traded along with him. Last I heard he was working for the Caps selling tickets and being an interpreter.

Posted by: Jon II | February 27, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

For the love of God Zubie... sign that contract!!!! We need you in DC. There is no way GMGM will get something in return to replace what Zubrus does on a nightly basis. Can't we compromise on a 4 year deal and get on with the rebuild???

Posted by: chris | February 27, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Hanlon told me that he has very little input.

Posted by: Tarik | February 27, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

the compromise in this situation just seems so obvious....

Posted by: sonia | February 27, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

4 and 5 years is risky with todays NHL. Keep in mind that he has 10 years of NHL duty. His body has a higher probability of breaking down compared to players his age.

Posted by: Jon II | February 27, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

let the 'un'building process begin.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

what does this mean for AO?

Posted by: what does this mean for AO? | February 27, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

you can't unbuild rubble, which is what they are.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

If Hanlon had input, he wouldn't have to bench Semin because they'd have some talent out there for him to pass to.

Posted by: dinoflint | February 27, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Everyone well knows my opinion--if they trade Zubrus, it will be a detrimental mistake. He is a leader on the team, and has what it takes to help the Caps make a run at the Cup. If he ends up being traded, all I can say is that it better be a damn good trade--and not for a draft pick, when we all know how undesirable this year's draft class is. I'm becoming increasingly depressed and unhappy with Caps management. We cannot keep chalking every year up to a "rebuilding year". It's time they step up and make the right decisions regarding the team. And everyone wonders why the Caps don't get respect from the NHL.

Posted by: Shari | February 27, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Let me revise a bit--I don't place all of the blame for the Zubrus negotiations on McPhee, and I don't mean to imply that it is solely his fault that we are where we are right now. I realize that Zubrus' agent also has a lot of power over this situation, and he needs to be a little more compromising as well. I just hope that although Zubrus has done well in DC, his agent isn't of the mind that he will continue to be awesome on a line where players such as Ovechkin and Semin aren't there.

Posted by: Shari | February 27, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I would hope they could compromise on 4 years. If Zubrus loves DC that much, don't you think he can make it on 9-12 Million dollars for 3-4 years? How much money is enough?
Reminds me of the BS Juwan Howard pulled on the Bullets/Wizards years ago. I like him and want him to stay, but if he goes, he goes.

Posted by: kenhockey | February 27, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

At this point I can't fathom a move that GMGM could make involving Zubrus that would benefit us. Furthermore, I'm afraid that his continuing disrespect towards Zubrus (his last negotiation was equally rocky) has killed our chance of resigning him period. If Zubrus leaves the team today under these circumstances I can promise that the front office will have two more season ticket seats available for a full season next year. I can't take any more rebuilding... if we are in constant rebuilding mode that reflects more on the performance of our GM, doesn't it?

Posted by: Chris | February 27, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update, Tarik. Keep 'em coming.

Posted by: wen | February 27, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe this is happening. It is so obvious to me that the sides should reach a compromise of 4 years. If McPhee won't go for 4 years then he really didn't want to sign Zubrus and this is all for show. Give me a break. I will be shocked if we sign a center this summer that is half as good as Zubrus.

Posted by: 4capitals | February 27, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

My hope is that Zubie knows the business and intends to come back on July 1st. I understand that 5 years is a long time in this league. I don't really see why there can't be a compromise for 4 years. Its right in the middle; isn't that the negotiation bit? I guess after three you could offer less if performance dropped off when time came to renegotiate. But at the cruxt here is his impending UFAgency; what if he doesn't want to come back? Then what? We're still a decent hard working forward down. Zubie might not score a ton, but he puts up more than the rest of the guys. I'll admit, I have no idea whats going on.

Posted by: Kerplunk | February 27, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Does this go down as one of the most stupid (non)negotiations? Meet in the middle at four years for 3 million per and get on with living. Zubie and his agent are overestimating his offensive productivity based on being paired with Ovechkin. Caps are underestimating his leadership.

They'd likely get a pending UFA in trade or pick plus prospect. Our scouting is subpar and it is unlikely a FA would sign here unless we escalate money. Since that is half the reason Zubrus would be out the door...

If this situation goes down as poorly as I fear I hope the Caps do not miss my attendance at the phone booth next year. If they cannot commit the slightest bit of cash then why should I.

This is hardly equal to paying upwards of 9mil a year for Chara. That I understood.

Posted by: Shmoo | February 27, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

If we can all see the merits of the compromise, why can't GMGM and Zubrus?
It does seem like one of the sides is playing games.

Posted by: kenhockey | February 27, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Zubrus doesnt actually want to stay here. Maybe he wants to play for a winning organization that makes an effort to improve year after year.

Posted by: Leigh | February 27, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Zubrus' side feels they have come down on the numbers, but are insisting on term??? I am basing this comment on the earlier reports by Tarik stating what Zubrus was asking for more dollars per year earlier in the negotiations not what I think is a reasonable deal.

Posted by: sk84fun | February 27, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

good point, one of the sides is obviously not nearly as committed as we would all like to think

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

dont trade him, let both sides cool off a bit, and then tray and get it done between now and july 1

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Earlier this year I had the chance to talk to GMGM for a few minutes before a Rangers game. I remember telling him how upset I was when the Caps cleaned house before the lockout, but I also told him that I had never been so excited for the Caps in years. We talked about Backstrom, and he told me that if the Caps were in the running for the playoffs he would probably make a move. I thanked him for what he's done, and I still do appreciate what he has done, but enough is enough. If they lose Zubrus, this organization had better make some major moves this offseason. Do they even realize how many fans they're turning away? Ovechkin and Semin alone can't bring in more fans. They need to put a real team on the ice. I'm tired of the "rebuilding" and if they trade Zubrus for a draft pick, I'm going to give up. I might even go as far as to start an online petition calling for GMGM's resignation. All ten fans who go to the home games could sign it....

Posted by: Brendan | February 27, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I guess I am going to be that guy but i think we should trade Zubrus. He has been a great leader here and has helped the younger players but you have to think about our future. Ovechkin and Semin are going to command very large contracts in the next couple years. Considering how little we want to spend on this team, re-signing him for 3 million a year for 3,4 or 5 years will set us back. With Backstrom coming in next year, do you really think we should be paying a second line center (no better than that on a elite team) 3 million a year ? I think not.

Posted by: Matt | February 27, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

zubrus has not been consistent with his effort, there is no way I would want him signed to a long term deal.

Posted by: rick | February 27, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

If Zubrus wanted a trade he would have asked for one. His agent is playing chicken with GMGM, and the fans are going to be the ones that lose.

"If they cannot commit the slightest bit of cash then why should I?"

Thank you Shmoo, I couldn't have put it better. There had better be fireworks in the summer FA market.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 27, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Don't overlook the fact that you can sign someone for 4 years and trade them after 2. It's not like we're asking for the Caps and Zubie to be joined at the hip.

Posted by: Shmoo | February 27, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

look to the ducks with a player and a pick.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Zubie is a UFA and you can't risk not getting anything for him if he decides to walk after the end of the season. As much as we all like him, that the fact. If someone is offering something of value, than the deal has to be made. See what happened w/ the Nats and Soriano. Got bupkus in return. And before everyone jumps off the bandwagon, lets see what happens when free agency period opens. If this team doesn't open its wallet and make some moves, this season ticket holder (since year 1) will be sending Ted a note in lieu of a season ticket deposit.

Posted by: Hold on... | February 27, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Signing players who do not put in 100% effort on every shift to a long term deal is a dangerous thing. after jj, they really don't want to get stuck doing that again. you can't deal a player with a ridiculous contract unless you eat it, and then it hurts your team for years to come.

the only way I would do a 4 year deal is if it were performance based. 3 years is a long contract to give that kind of player.

I hope we trade him for assets now and then try to sign him in the off season. watch what happens if he signs a long term contract.

Posted by: r | February 27, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

This sounds like this waiting is pretty hard for Zubrus (and to a lesser extent Heward), mentally/emotionally. I mean, he could play here tonight. He could be on a 6 hour plane ride to somewhere else. Any thoughts on how players react to this uncertainty?

Also great coverage this year. Accurate and insightful. Thanks. Worth the price of Post subscription I have.

Posted by: season ticket holder | February 27, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I think Zubrus is headed to Detroit or Buffalo, but Anaheim is a solid possibility. Vancouver might not be finished either

Posted by: Matt | February 27, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

how about $3.2 mil for 4 years...or $2.8 mil for 5 years...$3.4 mil for 3 years...there's lots of room to manuever on this one. I hope Zuby realizes that if he ends up playing somewhere else, he'll mostly end up playing in second/third line. Becuase of lack of talent up here in Washington, he ends up in first line here. Plus, if he thinks he'll be playing alongside someone else in another team as good as AO, he is severly mistaken...

Posted by: wanggo | February 27, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Zubrus traded today, get something nice in return, and after the season offer the same (maybe a bit more, but not much) that GMGM is offering now. He's a positive influence/leader, but I just don't see him being this productive over the long term.

Posted by: Yosh | February 27, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't be surprised if Zubrus signs with Montreal in the off season. He apparently enjoyed his time there and the Habs are in serious need of a number 2 center.

Posted by: Hockey1919 | February 27, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Right now, Shanny is down so the Rangers are probably squirming and Drury is down for an unknown amount of time and they, surely, have no intention of blowing it int he playoffs. Those are my too guesses. I thought Guerin might end up in NY but SJ got him instead.

Posted by: Kerplunk | February 27, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

It is prob worth it to comprimise with 4 years. Even high 1st round draft picks are normally 18 and take 3-4 years to develop. Unless you see a heavy impact draft pool for next year, then it isn't worth it. They are going to be late first round picks regardless. Alex may not even be here by the time they pan out, if they pan out at all.

Posted by: Jon II | February 27, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

-" the Habs are in serious need of a number 2 center."

So are the Caps.

Posted by: SpendSomeMoney | February 27, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, Drecklund reports Zubrus to the Ducks (e4).

Since its Dreckluns, this probably means that Zubby resigned here.

Posted by: SpendSomeMoney | February 27, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The draft picks are supplementary. A player will be included in a trade for Zubrus. The picks can be used to move up slots in the draft via trades with other teams. Either way, Zubrus will bring a player, I think.

Posted by: Kerplunk | February 27, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

You have a good deal more faith in McPhee than I do.

Posted by: zamboni | February 27, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

We're closing in on thirty minutes...what's your gut telling about about more moves by GMGM?

Gracias.

Posted by: Yosh | February 27, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

What's with the talk of the Caps rebuilding every year? This is only their second season of rebuild. 2003-04 doesn't count because that was the demolition year, and 04-05 was a strike. The Caps were in playoff contention for quite some time this year, then injuries decimated us and we couldn't keep up. The playoffs were a longshot at best. The Caps expect to make the playoffs next year, and while I think Zubrus would help with that, there's no guarantee that if we don't sign him now that he'll come back. We'll have the same chances to resign him in the offseason as anyone else, but you know there could be a Boston out there to pay him $5 mil a year. I'd like to see Zubrus stay, but if GMGM doesn't think 5 years is a good idea, then neither do I. I think Zubrus would do better on Ovechkin's wing, and I don't think his production will drop off unless he's moved from the line (Ovechkin has set up about 75% of Zubie's goals, I think 90% of non-empty netters). Zubrus is big, tough, and plays sound defense, and that's good for a winger. He's not the end-all, though, as he does take bad penalties and his screwy development has hurt him in the long run. He's a good player and I hope we don't lose him, but I'd rather not lose him for nothing if we can't work out a deal.

Posted by: Green Machine | February 27, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Nothing yet. But Zubrus has to come back to get his skates. So hopefully I can intercept him.

Posted by: Tarik | February 27, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

We should go after Jason Blake in the offseason. He wants out of New York.

Everybody is complaining that they want free agents or a big pick-up this offseason. Its only going to happen if they free up cap room and that started wtih zednik and should continue with Zubrus. You can't have it both ways

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

bye. Zub to buffalo

Posted by: sth | February 27, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

zubie to buffalo!!!!!!!

Posted by: Rob | February 27, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Zubie on his way to buffalo for a 1st and something else.

Posted by: usiel | February 27, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

zubrus & helbling to buffalo for jiri novotny and a first

Posted by: rick | February 27, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Zub to buff for 1st round according to TSN

Posted by: sth | February 27, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

As a sidenote, the caps did play well for the first half of the season but they greatly overacheived. Regardless of them winning, they were getting outshot 40 - 22 on a regular basis. You can't expect to win those games and eventually their luck ran out. I love our team but they weren't deserving of their first half results. Anybody agree with me on that ?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Zubrus to Buffalo for Navotny.

Posted by: katzistan | February 27, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Zubrus to Buffalo

Posted by: KingClancy | February 27, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Free up cap room? FREE UP CAP ROOM? Hell, the Caps are barely above the floor without Zuby and Zednik!

Posted by: SpendSomeMoney | February 27, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Zubrus to Buffalo- just announced on TSN

Posted by: keydet | February 27, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

what a worthless POS trade

Posted by: worthless, GMGM is WORTHLESS | February 27, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Crap! Today is a bad day to be a Caps' fan. I am sorry to see Zubrus go...

Posted by: Finn | February 27, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Embarrassing. This team is a joke.

Posted by: SpendSomeMoney | February 27, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The Capitals have been miles under the cap for a while now. They play with one of the tightest budgets in the NHL. They have the cash to go after high-quality names, and if they want to make a run for the playoffs next season that's exactly what GMGM will have to do. They can keep Zubrus and still accomplish this with what he's been asking for.

If they're going to drop Zubie for extra cash this offseason, the return had better be impressive, and I don't mean just one player. They need a top line center and a good veteran blueliner whose name does not rhyme with "Bleward"

Not that it seems to matter at this point.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

it's offical, the ownership group for the caps, doesen't give a crap about this team or this town. Re-building my butt more like keeping a flot..

Posted by: Rob | February 27, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Worthless trade.

Posted by: Worthless trade. | February 27, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

thefourthperiod.com says zubrus has been traded.

No details yet.

Posted by: Mike | February 27, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

disgusting

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

TSN says the Caps robbed Buf and I agree. What more do you expect? You're not going to get a high #1 because those teams are selling. And you're not going to get a proven player because they need them for the playoffs. So now we have 2 #1's and 2 #2's so hopefully GMGM does some wheeling and dealing on draft day. Because his draft ability sucks.

Posted by: eric, baltimore | February 27, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,
What's your take on Novotny?
Is he going to be just a warm body to play out the string?
...or is it possible they have a future in mind for him?

Posted by: Hopeless Optimist | February 27, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

your thoughts Tarik????

Posted by: wanggo | February 27, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Wake up Tarik! It's been 3 hrs since your last blog.

Posted by: eric, baltimore | February 27, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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