Saturday, September 19, 2009

Dubinsky Re-Signs

The Rangers finally came to terms with one of their own, re-signing restricted free agent, Brandon Dubinsky, to a new 2-year deal on Saturday. Dubinsky, who was holding out for a bit more money, finally caved to the lesser offer of what the Rangers wanted to give him. The final number attached to this deal was $3.7 million over the next couple seasons, meaning that his salary cap hit is $1.85 million.

Dubinsky was believed to have a line on the number one or number two centre job for the Rangers, meaning he'll get to play with some of the team's top players and new acquisitions.

In 2009, Dubinsky finished the year with 13 goals and 28 assists in all 82 games for the Rangers.

Salary CapThe lower cap hit for Dubinsky weighs in a little bit better than what his original demands were. Now the Rangers have 17 roster spots theoretically filled for a cap hit of approximately $51.7 million. There have been a good number of young prospects doing well at their camp this week, so they should be able to fill those last few obligatory spots with some reasonably priced talent.

Chris DruryMichal RozsivalHenrik Lundqvist
Vaclav ProspalWade ReddenStephen Valiquette
Ales KotalikDan Girardi
Brandon DubinskyMarc Staal
Ryan Callahan

Marian Gaborik

Chris Higgins

Sean Avery

Tyler Arnason

Enver Lisin

Aaron Voros

Donald Brashear

The Rangers really needed this deal to happen to ensure that their forward lines had some pretty good talent on them when they start the season. It will be interesting to see who he'll be matched up with in the new line-up. Dubinsky's numbers should increase this season, especially if he can get linemates like Marian Gaborik or Chris Higgins.

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