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Rangers Not Budging On Offer To Dubinsky

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The contract situation is the same as it has been for weeks. The Rangers have their one-year qualifying offer of $522,500 on the table to Dubinsky that represents nearly an 18-percent cut in pay from last year, when he earned $635,000, including Entry Level bonuses.

The Blueshirts also have offered various multi-year deals, but they all fall substantially short of what Dubinsky would be able to command next summer coming off a productive season. A 55-60 point year—hardly a stretch to expect as Gaborik’s linemate—would almost certainly bump Dubinsky to $3M per in arbitration.


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Are The Rangers A Destination For Heatley?

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

There may only be days to spare, but it remains to be seen whether the reluctant Senator will actually have to show his face in Ottawa. It would certainly appear that no trade is imminent, but the rumours continue to come at us from all angles.

One that made a lot of sense, and still does, involved the New York Rangers and two of their good, young players, defenceman Marc Staal and forward Brandon Dubinsky.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray has always liked Staal, a big, smart defenceman with ideal family bloodlines. The younger brother of Eric and Jordan Staal (with one more bro to come) makes just $765,000 this season before becoming a restricted free agent.

read on

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Dubinsky Talk

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

First, a correction: Brandon Dubinsky’s qualifying offer for the upcoming season is not $698,500 as originally reported here and subsequently repeated by all other news outlets.

The qualifier, as per Rangers’ assistant GM Cam Hope, is a two-way offer of $522,500/$60,000, though the minor league number is essentially meaningless given that Dubinsky would have to pass through waivers in order to get to the AHL.

That $522,500, however, appears to be the Blueshirts’ standing one-year offer to the 23-year-old unsigned Group II free agent one week before players are due to report to training camp.

The Rangers, who for the first time in memory are exercising all the systemic leverage they own under the CBA against a significant young player who is entirely without leverage, also have multi-year offers on the table ranging from two-to-five years.

Dubinsky, who will be eligible for salary arbitration next summer, would surely be sacrificing money on the back end of a multi-year deal should he choose to go that route, even on a two-year contract. The question, though, is whether the additional money for this season would make it a worthwhile exchange.


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Dubinsky Wants To Be A Ranger

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

“I want to be a Ranger,” said Dubinsky, 23, still an unsigned, restricted free agent. “The Rangers want me here; something’s gonna get done real quick and this will all be an afterthought. I’m in here working hard, getting ready for the season, not worrying about that; everything falls into place eventually, so I’m not losing any sleep over it….”


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Tortorella Talks Rangers

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

Tortorella is usually full of eloquent enthusiasm, but always lurking just beneath the surface is the promise of conflict. He said he was looking forward to getting hold of the Rangers for the first time in training camp, as opposed to late in the season.

“The real part of it is when you can have your own camp,” he said. “That’s where we can establish what our mindset is going to be, conditioning, which I think is a weakness of our club. As I’ve said, and I make no bones about it, I don’t think we’re a stiff team mentally. I think we have to be a little bit tougher in that area, in mental parts and preparation.”

And how will it work with the Rangers now that Torts will have control from Game 1?

“It’s a process, it’s accountability, it’s merit,” he said, then outlined a program of eternal Darwinian struggle.


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Prospal Signing Official

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Vinny Prospal.

“Vinny is a highly-skilled player with good offensive instincts and the ability to play on the wing or at the center position,” stated Sather.  “We think he will give us added flexibility and brings a veteran presence to our lineup.”

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Report- Rangers Sign Prospal

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

As contract negotiations with Brandon Dubinsky have hit a speed bump, the Rangers have signed 34-year-old free agent forward Vinnie Prospal to a one-year, $1.1 million deal, The Post has learned.


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Messier Becomes An Apprentice

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Captain is back.

As an apprentice.

Mark Messier is rejoining the Rangers’ organization as special assistant to club president Glen Sather, The Post has learned. It will mark Messier’s first job in hockey—and first full-time job, period—since he ended his playing career following the 2003-04 season.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled with the opportunity to move back to New York with my family, to learn from Glen and to work for the Rangers,” Messier said yesterday by phone from the Bahamas. “I’m going to come in and get my feet wet and get an overview of how the business runs and how the team runs and take it from there.”


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Is Brad Richards A Trade Target?

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News responds to a Rangers/Stars trade rumor.

Are we better with Rozsival on defense and Dubinsky as the No. 2 center or are we better with Brad Richards as our No. 2 center and the current defense? They have decided, I believe, they would be better with Richards as the No. 2 center and the current defense.

Now, the Stars are on a very tight budget and would probably listen to offers that allowed them to move Richards for top prospects so that they could shed his $7.8 million salary (for the next two seasons) and possibly acquire a bigger name defenseman. But, the proposed deal with the Rangers doesn’t save them any money, so I believe they are simply looking at this as they would rather have Richards than the other players.


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More Investigation Regarding Alexei Cherepanov Death

via RIA,

Investigators will conduct a new probe into the death last October of Russian hockey star Alexei Cherepanov, an investigative committee spokesman said on Monday.

Cherepanov, considered one of Russian hockey’s most promising stars, collapsed and later died on October 13 after playing for the Omsk Avangard club at a match in the Moscow Region. He was 19.

“The file has been returned to investigators in the Omsk Region for additional checks,” Vladimir Markin said, adding that the investigation should include another look at the player’s myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.

Cherepanov was found to have suffered from chronic myocarditis, which meant he should not have been playing sport.

The investigators earlier said the paramedics, who arrived 12 minutes after the emergency call and had a defibrillator with a low battery, had incorrectly pronounced his “natural death.”

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