by Patrick Hoffman on 07/19/11 at 07:53 PM ET
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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