July 10, 2009 | 9:58am ET
Blue Jackets eyeing Zubov

TheFourthPeriod.com

According to a source close to the situation, the Columbus Blue Jackets are one of several teams interested in signing veteran defenseman Sergei Zubov.

Zubov, who turns 39 on July 22, is an unrestricted free agent and made $5.35 million last season.

The Moscow native will likely see his salary decline significantly, but he wants to play at least one more season in the NHL.

Zubov's agent, Jay Grossman, confirmed to TFP that they are reviewing "several options," but he would not reveal which teams are in the mix.

Zubov underwent season-ending hip surgery this past year, but Grossman said he's been medically cleared to play, which has increased in the interest league-wide.

Grossman also indicated that his client will take his time before making a decision, one that likely won't be made "today or tomorrow."

It appears unlikely the Dallas Stars, a team he's been with since the 1996-97 season, will re-sign Zubov.

The Blue Jackets are scouring the market for a puck-moving defenseman and Zubov has a relationship with head coach Ken Hitchcock from their days together in Dallas.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is also combing through the trade market. The paper lists the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks are possible trading partners.

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