Dainius Zubrus is getting closer to officially signing a contract with the Sharks.
The 37-year-old forward, who has been on a tryout since Nov. 16, will accompany the club back to the Bay Area on the team charter immediately after its game in Columbus.
Hockey Night in Canada’s Damien Cox reported on Saturday night that “it looks like [Zubrus] will be signed, and he will become a Shark.”
According to a source, the decision on Zubrus lies mainly with head coach Pete DeBoer. The former Devils coach, who had Zubrus for three-and-a-half seasons in New Jersey, originally called Zubrus to gauge his interest in trying out for San Jose.
If DeBoer wants Zubrus on the roster, general manager Doug Wilson will get a deal done so long as it makes sense. It would likely be a two-way deal, thereby protecting the Sharks if they want to cut ties with him later in the season.
The Sharks coaching staff has been very complimentary of Zubrus, who has practiced and taken morning skates with the team for nearly one week.
On Nov. 19 in Philadelphia, DeBoer said: “He looks good. He looks close. It’s tough to find six-foot-four, 215-pound guys who can play. … 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 Sharks forward group, said: “Obviously Pete has a history with him that goes a long way, and Pete knows what Dainius is all about on and off the ice. That will be up to Pete and management now to decide where it goes from there, but on the ice he’s looked real good.”
Zubrus has recorded 584 career points (225 goals, 359 assists), playing for five different teams -- the Flyers, Canadiens, Capitals, Sabres and Devils. He recorded 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 74 games last season.