Dubinsky signs … finally

According to Andrew Gross, restricted free agent and holdout center Brandon Dubinsky has finally signed for $3.7M over two years. I guess rumors of him lowering his demands were greatly exaggerated. Obviously the Rangers caved in, so amazingly the holdout worked. Good for Brandon. He’ll make $1.7M this year and $2M next, putting his cap hit at a manageable $1.85M. “The only part that made me nervous was the thought that they might possibly trade me. I wanted to be here,” is the money quote, no pun intended.

The important thing now is that he will skate later today at the team’s practice facility. Dubinsky is a week behind the other guys, so he’s going to have to bust his tail to get ready for the season.

Update (Dave) 4:30:Some interesting numbers are starting to be made public. Steve Zipay is reporting that Dubinsky was initially requesting four years and $16 million.

The initial reports that Dubinsky was asking for $1.4 million were puzzling, as it seemed absurd that Sather would be haggling over that little money. This realization that Dubinsky wanted $4 million a year shows that it may just be about the money for him. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I wouldn’t stay too attached to him. He is not worth $4 million a year. This deal ($1.85 million cap hit) is just right.

4 Responses to “Dubinsky signs … finally”

  1. Dave says:

    I get the feeling that Sather was dangling Dubinsky for Kessel, and when Kessel was traded, just signed Dubinsky to what he was worth.

    This irks me.

    • becky says:

      Agreed – that’s total garbage. There’s no way they’d go from one year/700k to 2 years/4 mil, they would have just traded him… but the important thing is that Dubi is a Ranger and that’s all that matters

  2. Dave says:

    I retract my previous statement. See update.

  3. Adam says:

    love dubi but i don’t like how this went down at all. he has a ton of potential but its wayyyy too early for that kind of money, especially when we only get him locked up for two years. the rangers gave up the hammer unless i’m missing something…