Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Zubrus to Buffalo

From Tarik - The Capitals just traded Dainius Zubrus to Buffalo along with Timo Helbling for Buffalo's First rounder this year and 23-year-old center Jiri Novotny.

Tsn.ca's scouting report on Novotny : Owns a projectable frame for the pivot position. Sees the ice well and has sound playmaking instincts. Doesn't have top-end finishing skills. Must continue to improve his work ethic, since he tends to be lazy at times.

So he doesn't have finishing skills, but can pass. Seems like more of a pure center, not the hybrid that Zubrus was. It'll be interesting to see how he fits with the Caps. I can tell you right now laziness is not something the Caps tolerate. I see him paired with Semin on the second line once he arrives, but we'll have to wait and see.

We'll have a full postmortem on the Zubrus era here in DC later today.

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