In some ways, it’s doesn’t feel like Dainius Zubrus has already been with the Devils for six seasons.

Just two days after Scott Gomez left the Devils to sign with the rival Rangers, the Devils signed Zubrus to a six-year, $20.4 million contract to help fill the hole Gomez’s departure created at center. As it turned out, Zubrus was a better fit on the wings than in the middle, but he’s become a key player both in the locker room and on the ice.

“It does go fast,” said Zubrus, who began his NHL career as 18-year-old with Philadelphia in 1996-97. “It doesn’t seem like it’s been six years. Right now, I kind of measure my time looking at my kids. That’s the only true way of looking at it because I don’t feel different than I did 10 years ago. I truly don’t. I still feel excited and I want to come to the rink and get ready for games and all the preparation that goes into it I enjoy all that process. So, I don’t feel any different than I was 10 years ago, but I look at my kids and I realize I’m not 25.

“I’m not an 18-year-old in Philly. I’m not quite the same. My son is 10. My daughter is six. So, it’s a little bit different.”

With just two games left in the Devils’ season – tonight against Pittsburgh and Saturday afternoon against the Rangers – Zubrus’ contract is winding down and he’s approaching becoming an unrestricted free agent again this summer. He’s not sure where he’ll end up, but he’d like to remain a Devil.

“I hope it’s here. I hope I get to stay here,” he said. “In my six years here, it’s a first-class organization and I felt that every year Lou (Lamoriello) tried to put a team together and give us a chance to win. As a player, that’s all you can ask for. That’s what I thought coming in here it would be and that’s what it is. If I can, I’d like to stay here.”