Zubov close to signing in Russia (UPDATED)
Thursday July 30th 2009, 8:06 am

According to Sport Express, former New York Ranger Sergei Zubov, who’s spent the last dozen years playing in the Lone Star State with the Dallas Stars, is close to signing with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. The paper reports that the 39-year old defenseman has received interest from nine NHL clubs and several teams in Russia, and has even considered retirement, but could now be days away from signing with SKA and head coach Barry Smith. If true, Zubov would join another former Ranger, Darius Kasparitis, on patrol on the St. Petersburg blueline.

Zubov has been on many Rangers fans’ radar this summer as a potentially cheap veteran to fill one of the team’s remaining holes on defense, while helping to groom one or two of the team’s up-and-coming defenseman and providing a guiding hand to young Russians Artem Anisimov and Enver Lisin.

UPDATE 1:55pm: Craig Custance of the Sporting News has reported via Twitter that he spoke to Zubov’s agent, who confirmed his client is close to signing with a KHL team.

UPDATE 2:54pm: SKA general manager Andrey Tochitsky has confirmed that his team is close to signing the two-time Stanley Cup champion. “Negotiations are practically complete,” Tochitsky told Sovietsky Sport. “The contract with Sergei will be signed in the next few days.”  Tochitsky expects Zubov to join his new team in St. Petersburg on August 12th.

UPDATE 9:34PM: Per Sport-Express, Zubov has signed the two year deal and will arrive in St. Petersburg on August 12th.

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