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Update on Zubrus and Zednik

Well, we're almost exactly one day away from the trade deadline, and the Caps' plans for veteran forwards Dainius Zubrus and Richard Zednik are starting to come into focus.

After spending the better part of the day talking to my sources, here's what I know: veteran right wing Richard Zednik is gone. He fully expects to be traded, either today or tomorrow. I'm hearing that it could be a Western Conference team.

Zubrus's situation is a little less concrete. The Caps and his agent have communicated today. As I've reported over the past few days, the sticking point remains the contract's length. The Caps want to keep it to three years, Zubrus wants a longer deal. This one could come down to the wire. And I won't be shocked if it does.

Much more in tomorrow's paper.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 26, 2007; 3:41 PM ET
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Wrong about Zubrus, Right about Zednik. Both are being dealt in a package deal to a western conference team.

Right now, GMGM is deciding which package he likes better and thats the end of that.

It's all up to GMGM pulling the trigger right now.

The teams are:

However, rumors are circulating that Anaheim and Montreal are looknig into Zubrus (not Eminger). If they offer a sweet enough deal for GMGM to reconsider the two offers on the table from Vancouver and Minnesota then he will pull the deal.

Best of luck.

Posted by: Wrong about Zubrus, Right about Zednik | February 26, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Wrong about Zubrus--
Yeah, I guess some anonymous user knows much more than the Caps beat writer, eh? So, are you Eklund?

Posted by: SpendSomeMoney | February 26, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

It's been pretty obvious from the beginning of the season that Zednik would be gone at the deadline. The only question was whether or not we'd get a better pick back than the one that we sent to Montreal for him in the first place.

As for Zubrus, does anyone really think that the Caps would trade Ovechkin's alleged best buddy / translator / mentor? I don't see it happening.

Posted by: Captain Obvious | February 26, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Tarik thanks for the update. I am really hoping the Caps resign Zubrus. If the Caps saw fit to give Pothier a 4 year deal there is no reason not to give Zubrus a 4 year deal. Hopefully, both sides will compromise and meet in the middle. I am encouraged that the sides are talking. Also, Clark's comments on DC 101 about Zubrus were interesting. I am thinking that Zubrus will be resigned.

Posted by: 4capitals | February 26, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

the C(r)aps are an awfully embarassing

I pity the fool who pays money
to see this "team" play live..........

AO should find a new teams soon.....

this team aint goin anywhere!...

Posted by: caphcky | February 26, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Hi caphcky!

It will be interesting to see if the first posters inside info pans out. The anticipation of all the deadline deals is killing me.

Posted by: dtwilliamson | February 26, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

It is too bad that Zubrus' days are numbered. He could have been a more effective player if the Caps didn't have to force him onto the top line center position. As for Zed - he was ultimately unproductive and there is no need to bring him back. It's too bad the Caps won't be able to find takers for the few players that really SHOULD be moved: Clymer, Klepis, Eminger and Muir.

Posted by: Dan | February 26, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

p.s. i'm an idiot.

Posted by: caphcky | February 26, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

hi caphcky!

Posted by: hi caphcky! | February 26, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I am sure Ovechkin will find it so much fun playing with the AHLers. It's like being in the AHL and making the NHL money... Ovechkin deserves a good team not just the one that is 'working hard.'

Posted by: Finn | February 26, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The one concern that I have with Zubrus staying is that if could give them an excuse if they fail to sign a legit Top 2 Cneter this off season (even if Backstrom comes over). I have no problem with him staying if it's as a 3rd Line C or 2nd Line RW.

I just don't see how a guy like Ovechkin will reach his full potential playing with guys who would be 2nd or 3rd Liners on a playoff team

Posted by: Cush | February 26, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Caphcky: If you don't like anything about the team, stop stalking the Caps blogs. Constructive comments are acceptable, but pessimism is not.

That said, I'm terribly anxious for the I posted earlier, I'd hate to see Zubrus go, I think he is definitely an asset to this team--especially since he has been in the Stanley Cup before, he knows how to lead and he is a decently good player. If we trade our assets, we're going to be rebuliding next year as well and it'll end it yet another season where the best we can hope for is 70 points.

Posted by: Shari | February 26, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think that Wrong about Zubrus is the same guy who assured us last week that Eminger had already been traded? I'm still waiting breathlessly for that deal to be announced. Who knew they could keep a secret for that long?

Posted by: norske | February 26, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Good for Zed....He will do much better on a much better team. Too bad he had to face injuries this year.

I still think Zubrus will stay.

Posted by: Peter | February 26, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Now now, Norske. This time it didn't even take him an hour to be proven wrong.

Posted by: Nomad | February 26, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse


You're right. Who have we been trying to fool? The Caps have no excuse for not being a major Stanley Cup contender less than 2 seasons after a roster purge and an order to rebuild. We should just trade AO and abdicate from the NHL. Semin won't be so easy, what with him not speaking english so well... he probably won't understand. Might have to take him out behind the shed and "send him to a better place."

(end sarcasm)

There is very little to be had right now for teams not in playoff contention. McPhee knows this. It's a sellers market out there and the caps need to unload Zednik and Heward while they can still get something for them. The buyers not currently contending (i.e. the Capitals) will have to wait for the FA market this summer to stock their lines with major league material.

Can we please let them have the three seasons they said they would require to rebuild before we raise the gallows?

Posted by: Finn is sooooo right | February 26, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Bye Zed - I still say, STOP BRINGING BACK PEOPLE YOU ALREADY GOT RID OF!! They are never productive the 2nd time around. Zed, Carpenter, Corriveau, Bergland, Beech. Need I say more?

Posted by: alpca3877 | February 26, 2007 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Caps are a mess. Can't even keep our top C and warrior Zubrus. Nicework GMGM

Posted by: Ridley Simon | February 26, 2007 5:30 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is clearing the way to sign Gomez or Drury. :)

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Trading Zednik was not a bad idea but more draft picks are NOT what this team needs. They need talent and they need it RFN- not 5 years from now.

Posted by: Digitalman08 | February 26, 2007 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Why would you trade away one of the only veterans and leaders on a team that has a major lack of both? Letting Zubrus leave would be a major step back in that regard. Any one that can't appreciate what he does at both ends of the ice is missing the point of a guy like him. Goals and Assists are not the only things good players contribute. Until the Caps have a defense to speak of we need guys like Zubie around to pick up the deffensive help. Especially because Semin is proving to be a major liability on the ice.

Posted by: S | February 27, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

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