Zubrus Agrees To Terms With Capitals


The Washington Capitals and restricted free agent Dainius Zubrus agreed to terms on a two-year contact on Tuesday.The first year of the contract calls for Zubrus to be paid $1.4 million (U.S.) in the first year and $1.5 million (U.S.) in the second.

Zubrus, 24, finished the 2001-02 season with a career-high 17 goals and 43 points. Predominately a left winger since breaking into the NHL in 1996-97, Zubrus was moved to center on a line with Jaromir Jagr after the Capitals dealt Adam Oates at last year’s trading deadline.

“He finished strong last year, and if he plays at that level start to finish this season, he’ll be an extremely effective player,” vice president and general manager George McPhee said.

The 15th overall selection in the 1996 Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, Zubrus was acquired with Trevor Linden from the Montreal Canadians in March 2001. In 422 career NHL games with Philadelphia, Montreal and Washington, Zubrus has scored 66 goals and added 155 assists for 181 points. He has played 83 for the Capitals, notching 18 goals, 27 assists and 45 points.

In 71 games last year, the 6′ 4″, 231-pound native of Lithuania ranked fifth on the team in goals (17), assists (26) and points (43). He placed second among Washington players with a plus-5 rating and fifth on the team in power-play goals (5).

After being selected by Philadelphia in the first round in 1996, Zubrus spend most of three seasons with the Flyers before being traded to Montreal along with a second-round pick in 1999 Entry Draft and a sixth-round selection in the 2000 draft in exchange for Mark Recchi on March 10, 1999. Zubrus was acquired by the Capitals from Montreal with Linden and a second-round choice in the 2001 Entry Draft for Richard Zednik, Jan Bulis and a first-round choice in the 2001 draft on March 13, 2001.