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Rangers sign Brandon Dubinsky, avoid arbitration

Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:05 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 11:26 am
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By Adam Gretz

The New York Rangers were facing two of the bigger arbitration hearings in the NHL with Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan.

Dubinsky's case was set to be heard Thursday morning, but thanks to some last-minute dealings, the two sides were able to avoid arbitration and reached an agreement on a four-year contract that will pay Dubinsky $16.8 million, an average annual salary of $4.2 million, according to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet.

The 24-year-old Dubinsky has spent his entire career with the Rangers and is coming off a career year offensively that saw him score 24 goals to go with 30 assists; he led the team in both categories. His offensive production has improved every year he's been in the league, and he's proved to be one of the Rangers' best all-around forwards; he can win faceoffs (52 percent in the circle last year), kill penalties (averaging over two minutes of shorthanded ice-time per game last year) and be a focal point of the offense.

With Dubinsky signed, the Rangers have just over $6 million in salary-cap space remaining and still have one more contract to work out -- whether it be on their own or via arbitration -- with Callahan, whose arbitration hearing is scheduled for July 28.

Last week the Rangers avoided another arbitration hearing by signing Brian Boyle to a three-year contract.

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Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Rangers sign Brandon Dubinsky, avoid arbitration

When the Devils announced that a portion of the team was for sale earlier this year--he was on the Devils chat board waxing poetic about how this move will inhibit the team and lead to their complete demise--won't be able to afford scouts, blah blah blah--all nonsense.

Still might be nonsense......however, recent events suggest...


little ceasars
Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2011 5:10 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Rangers sign Brandon Dubinsky, avoid arbitration

Its a totally different year redwings 1969. Why do you think the redwings overpaid for Ericsson? They had too. Free agents were way overpaid this year.

The Wings overpaid for Ericsson because the demand was bigger then the supply... everybody needed dmen and there were few good ones out there.  And if I look at value alone I'll take Ericsson and his contract over for example Wisniewski's retarded deal or Erhoff's 40 million with half paid in the first 2 seasons.   At least Ericsson has proven he has an upside and has gotten better.... he's not worth the money he signed but compared to the crazy deals out there his wasn't that bad.

On the other hand forwards compared to dmen are a dime a dozen...  Dubinsky's upside is better with more potential then a lot of others available but there is always good value available at that position. 


little ceasars
Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2011 12:20 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Rangers sign Brandon Dubinsky, avoid arbitration

I don't mind the number. I would rather the Rangers invest in a good, young player for their organization than the deals they have made in the past ( chris drury)

Ok... fine.  I can't disagree with that.  If the comparison is disgusting contracts like Drury's deal then compared to that this one is a gem. And at least Dubinsky has the potential to turn this deal into a good one unlike Drury's deal that was bad from day 1.



Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Rangers sign Brandon Dubinsky, avoid arbitration

I don't mind the number. I would rather the Rangers invest in a good, young player for their organization than the deals they have made in the past ( chris drury). The 4.2 million per is not a bad number. Yes, there are better players who earn less, however, there are worse that earn more. This buys the Rangers time to see how his development comes. In 4 years, the 4.2 million will be better than it is today and more value, even if the cap grows at 2% per year. Also, the Rangers will have a clear idea whether to lock him up for his career and cut ties.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Rangers sign Brandon Dubinsky, avoid arbitration

I'm okay and may even like the contract salary/cap number and I don't mind the years as it stands by itself, however, in the context of the NYR roster and contract situation for the whole team, I'm not a big fan of the 4 year deal, that's all.  

Hockeybob.  I'm taking a big chance here because if you got slammed by people for your post then I"m certainly going to get slammed for what I'm about to say.  I think Dubinsky is a promising young player with a lot of talent, but in my opinion both the years and the cap hit were way off.   I think a 4.2 million dollar cap hit for a 24 year old kid with his numbers is borderline crazy.  To put it in perspective only 2 Detroit forwards have cap hits higher then Dubinsky does and they are Datsyuk and Zetterberg, clearly better players.  Heck, only 3 Detroit players altogether have cap hits that exceed Dubinsky's cap hit.... Chicago only has 3 forwards with a higher cap hit, all better players then this kid and the same goes for Vancouver.  I understand his contract is the most recent and the league cap has gone up quite a bit but I still find 4.2 million dollars per season ridiculous.

Which leads me to my next point.... just a few short seasons ago when there was no cap and the Wings with some others were spending 60-million plus in payroll everybody was calling it "buying" players.... suddenly the league cap hit is at 64 million and most teams are spending what used to be called insane a few years ago.  The league will say revenues support these numbers but my prediction is it won't be too long before NHL teams are crying about losing money again and we're back to square one.....  on a personal level I don't care either way since my team Detroit has proven they can play and win with or without a salary cap but I don't see the point of a hard capped league if 24 year old kids like Dubinsky are making over 4 million dollars per season. 



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2011 1:50 am
 

Rangers sign Brandon Dubinsky, avoid arbitration

Great deal.  Now package him up with Del Zotto and flip them to Winter-peg for Byfuglien!  Not that I don't like MDZ but he needs to get away from Torts; and Dubinski..., well you've got to give good to get good huh..., great skater, good hitter, game fighter, decent face-off guy, good puck handler, still young, etc etc.  You didn't give him a no-trade did you Slats?



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2011 1:07 am
 

Rangers sign Brandon Dubinsky, avoid arbitration

I'm okay and may even like the contract salary/cap number and I don't mind the years as it stands by itself, however, in the context of the NYR roster and contract situation for the whole team, I'm not a big fan of the 4 year deal, that's all.   Dubinsky is a fun player to watch, solid in most parts of his game, I would have thought the better move would have been to sign him for 3 or 2 and extend him early if he progresses after a year or two, or be able to move him at good value if he doesn't fit well with the roster.    I would think it would be best to sign a player like him to a shorter or longer deal, 4 years pinches more than it has to imo.   It's very possible we've seen his ceiling in many parts of his game, or the opposite, either way, the 4 years prevents a discounted extension after 3 and tougher to move if he doesn't work out.    I don't have any criticism about the salary or cap hit, just the years, Sather has misjudged a contract here or there according to a few people..   Nice to read the kind words, and about my misrepresented posts about NJ on a Dubinsky thread.




Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Rangers sign Brandon Dubinsky, avoid arbitration

Guys--hockeybob is a complete moron who likes to posture himself on here as an nhl fan who has a broader viewpoint and understanding of the league in general than most people.  When the Devils announced that a portion of the team was for sale earlier this year--he was on the Devils chat board waxing poetic about how this move will inhibit the team and lead to their complete demise--won't be able to afford scouts, blah blah blah--all nonsense.  He doesn't deserve the hockey portion of his name--but i think we all can guess how often the "bob" portion of his name comes into play every weekend....
Ps--isn't that actually Doug McKenzie in your avatar pic??  get a clue


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