The Stars got some good news with players returning today, but bad news on their longtime defenseman.
Just got word that defenseman Sergei Zubov will have hip surgery in January; it will be done in Colorado. That means he will be out indefinitely (i.e., out for basically the season). It's been a tough year for Zubov, and that injury just wasn't getting any better. What that means for his future past these few months, this season, I don't know. I remember talking to him midway through last year, when the sports hernia had cost him so much time. The thought of retirement wasn't anywhere near his mind. But another year later, and dealing with a hip that just will not heal, you wonder.
He is in the final year of his contract (he had signed a one-year extension in July of 2007, which was tacked on to his three-year deal signed in the summer of 2005). Just too bad to see the guy going through this.