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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

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: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 3:25 pm

Rangers sign Brandon Dubinsky, avoid arbitration

hockeybob, you should take the hockey out of your name.  I don't know how your upset about 4 years for a 24 yr old kid?????  It's their best signing yet.  As a Sabres fan I'd love to swap him for Drew Stafford straight up.  Drew is a few years older, but Dubinsky was arguably the best player on the team for stretches last season.  I'd be more upset they chased Brad Richards for 60 million.  Pretty much a career minus +/- guy now playing in the spot light.  Should be interesting to see how this one plays out and I can't imagine much better then the Gaborik project has thus far

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 1:31 pm

Rangers sign Brandon Dubinsky, avoid arbitration

I am not sure about anything you said here Bob. I think its a fair deal for both sides, on $$$ and terms. I dont see the Rangers blowing the team up anytime soon, they have a lot of good pieces in place and can probably be a legitimate cup contender within the next two years if they make the right roster moves. They need to find a wing for the 1st line and a big mean defenseman, and I think they will be legit.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 1:08 pm

Rangers sign Brandon Dubinsky, avoid arbitration

I'm a Dubinsky fan and I think 4.2 is a fair number.   Something doesn't seem right with this deal, I'm not sure why I don't like the years.   I think they could have been able to settle for a 2 year deal with an arbitor and should have rolled the dice afterward.    His situational ice time will change with Richards there too.   With 3 years of Gaborik and his injury issues still there, and a giant contract and question mark in Richards, committing to a 4 year deal doesn't seem like a great move by Sather if he has to blow this team up.    In most cases I would have liked the contract and the years, but I'm a little hesitant to say I would be comfortable with this one as a NYR fan.   This team has more questions about it than answers imo, 4 years may have been unnecessary.  Either way, I look forward to watching Dubinsky this year.

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