So much for that Saturday deadline for Brandon Dubinsky, as he will not be a part of training camp today due to contract problems. This is troubling, not just because he isn’t signed yet, but because he is going to be far behind the rest of the players when he does sign, and significantly out of shape.
One way around this was to invite Dubinsky as a non-roster invitee to camp, so he can at least get those John Tortorella workouts in, but it appears Dubinsky will sit it out and wait for a good deal to be offered. What a good deal in his mind is, no one will know.
This still makes you wonder what offer is currently on the table, and what exactly Dubinsky is looking for. The only thing we know is that Dubinsky rejected the qualifying offer of one-year $550k.
As for rumors, the Rangers are still being linked to Phil Kessel. I previously stated here on BSB that neither team has the cap room necessary for a trade. The Rangers will need to dump salary to take on Kessel and his $5 million price tag, and the Bruins simply cannot take on more salary, as they are currently over the cap. For a trade to happen, both teams would have to be very creative, or find a third party to make it happen.
In other, less depressing, training camp news, ex-Ranger Dan LaCouture is in camp as a non-roster invitee, replacing Kyle McLaren, who is no longer coming due to injury. Some of the prospects who participated in the Traverse City Tournament, which ended in back-to-back wins against Detroit and St. Louis and a third-place finish, were added to the training camp roster. The full roster can be found here.
One other tidbit, Andrew Gross is reporting that Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld will still be on as an assistant coach, but just won’t be on the bench during games. His exact role will be to work with the penalty killers and defense during practice.