SAN JOSE –- The Sharks will officially sign forward Dainius Zubrus to a one-year contract later on Tuesday, pending a physical, a source told CSNCalifornia.com.
Zubrus, 37, joined the Sharks on Nov. 16 in the middle of their road trip on a tryout. He returned to the Bay Area on the team charter following Sunday’s game in Columbus.
The contract is a two-way deal, protecting the Sharks if the move doesn’t work out. Financial terms weren’t immediately available.
Zubrus, who had four goals and 10 points in 74 games last season, will likely slot in on one of the Sharks’ bottom two lines. If anything, adding him should help prevent the Sharks’ coaching staff from dramatically shortening their bench, as they were forced to do late in several close games in the third period on the recent trip. Mike Brown, Micheal Haley and Nikolay Goldobin all saw limited minutes.
Zubrus could also push some other struggling forwards like Tommy Wingels, Matt Nieto and Chris Tierney down the lineup, or out of it altogether.
Goldobin was reassigned to the AHL Barracuda immediately after Sunday’s game.
The decision to bring Zubrus into the fold was initiated by Pete DeBoer, who coached the Lithuanian native for three-and-a-half seasons in New Jersey.
On Nov. 19 in Philadelphia, DeBoer said: “He’s an easy guy to play because he’s defensively reliable. He plays a big possession, heavy game. There’s a lot to like there.”
Assistant coach Steve Spott, who runs the forward group, said: “On the ice, he’s looked real good.”
Zubrus has 584 career points (225 goals, 359 assists) in 1243 games, playing for five different teams -- the Flyers, Canadiens, Capitals, Sabres and Devils. He was bought out of the final year of a three-year contract with New Jersey in July.