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What is going on with Dubi?

This is what many in the New York Rangers’ media as well as the team’s fans are wondering as the club prepares for arbitration on Thursday.

It appears that Brandon Dubinsky and his agent are going back and forth with the Blueshirts’ organization regarding a new contract. While it is quite clear that Dubinsky wants to be a Ranger, it is the number of years that is causing to put negotiations at a standstill, says Jesse Spector of the Daily News.

Spector says the following:

With Brandon Dubinsky’s arbitration hearing set for Thursday, a deal does not appear close, and a source has told the Daily News that the sticking point in negotiations is not money, but years for a new contract.

“(Dubinsky is) looking for a longer term,” the source said.

Dubinsky made it clear at the end of the season that he wants to be a Ranger and that a deal should not take long to do. Unfortunately, the exact opposite is happening.

Arbitration can be an extremely ugly process. While I am sure that the team’s management has a lot of positives to say about Dubinsky, I am also sure that they will throw in some negatives as well. Hopefully, Dubinsky is mature enough to take it with a grain of salt, move on and prepare for the team’s upcoming season.

With all of that said, what do you think Dubinsky is worth? How many years would you sign him for?

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Correct me if I’m wrong, Patrick, but weren’t there problems with Dubinsky’s last set of contract negotiations? Something to do with capspace and the Redden contract? Or am I thinking of something else?

Posted by steviesteve on 07/19/11 at 08:38 PM ET


You are absolutely right, Steveie. If memory serves me right, I believe Dubinsky and his agent were playing a bit of hardball with Sather.

Posted by Patrick Hoffman from Fairfield, CT on 07/19/11 at 09:01 PM ET


Don’t you guys remember Dubinsky missed part of training camp because he was still unsigned..? 

That said, I have a hard time believing that Dubi is the one ‘playing hardball’.  What baffles me is why Slats would take such an unnecessary risk with one of the players at the very heart of the Rangers oft-mentioned “core”. 

Could the term really be so outrageous that they can’t just give him as long as he wants?  Why even take the risk?  The kid wears his heart on his sleeve, that’s who he is, and while the statement he made on breakup day doesn’t exactly give him leverage, it shouldn’t even be treated this way. 

Richards can get a nine year deal at age 31, but the term Dubinsky wants at more than 5 years younger is somehow asking too much?  Whatever happened to ‘taking care of your own’..?

I’m gonna say this right now and stick to it- if Brandon Dubinsky does indeed require arbitration to get him signed, next summer when he’s up again (along with the CBA), the Rangers ARE going to lose him.

Posted by Jeff L. from North Jersey on 07/19/11 at 10:34 PM ET

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If Dubinsky has a good Corsi number, he should use that as leverage. But, seriously, he seems like a tough guy to deal with.

Posted by cs6687 on 07/19/11 at 10:59 PM ET


But, seriously, he seems like a tough guy to deal with.

Yeah, I don’t know.

I think it might be Sather that’s hard to deal with if you’re a homegrown talent. It’s not like Dubinsky was underpaid last contract (at least, not based on his career production prior to his last contract), but it has to be annoying watching Sather pay free agent mercs double (Gomez, Drury) or even 6 times (Redden) what they’ve shown to be worth at that point in their careers, on long-term deals, and then have to squabble with him over a couple hundred thousand or an extra year just because you were already part of the team.

Now that I think about it, Marc Staal’s contract negotiations were contentious as well. The only Staal that’s had contentious negotiations to this point.

Posted by steviesteve on 07/19/11 at 11:52 PM ET

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Good point, stevie. To expound on that, Sather has to play hardball since he gives out ridiculous contracts every July (Richards, Redden, Gomez, Drury).

Posted by cs6687 on 07/20/11 at 12:45 AM ET


Without knowing the actual facts, saying that it’s Sather’s fault there’s a snag, or Dubies fault is just plain speculation…remember this is the Rangers last negotiation with leverage..his next deal will be done with UFA in his pocket…and given Dubies work ethic and skill growth, teams will be courting him big time..I would bet he signs today before arbitration tomorrow..if not and they award him a 2 year deal..they better sign and extension quick. I can see him walking…he does have a bit of an attitude when it comes to negotiations…that was evident when he held out last time.

Posted by Captngeetch from NJ on 07/20/11 at 11:26 AM ET


Gve the guy what he is asking for. We know who he is and how hard he plays.If we can throw absurd money to the likes of Richards, Gaborik, Drury, Redden etc. why can’t we satisfy our own players. Sather is a moron as I stated numerous times.The leopard
does not change his colors.

Posted by scrangersfan from South Carolina on 07/20/11 at 12:01 PM ET


So by your analogy if he asked for 5.5m a year for 15 years plus a 8m signing bonus paid over the first 2 years we should just pay it…I suppose we should just pay every player what they want then..Drury is gone, Redden is burried in the minors and will be again this season, Richards price albeit high was a nessecity to get the deal done and I think will pay dividens for at leastnthe next 5 years..and Gaborik will benefit the most from that signing..don’t get me wrong, Sather has handcuffed the Rangers in the past and has made what might be the worst signings in the history of the NHL, but the Rangers are headed in the right direction now, going with homegrown talent and adding pieces of veteren talent to the mix trying to create team chemistry and stay competitive…The Rangers are going to be a serious threat within the next 3-5 years.

Posted by Captngeetch from NJ on 07/20/11 at 12:45 PM ET

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