Brooks says because the price tag is so high the Rangers aren't likely to trade for his rights before July 1st and are looking into option B.
Those plan Bs could be Jason Spezza, Stephen Weiss or Patrick Sharp.
...of those three, Weiss is the most attractive. Spezza is injury prone and still has four years left at $7 million per and Sharp has just one-year left on his contract meaning Rangers could be given up valuable prospects for a rental.
...as I've stated on this blog Weiss is just coming into his prime and at just $3.1 million per over the next two years is very affordable. Rumors say that Weiss, who has a no movement clause, wants to stay in Florida so it may be difficult for the Rangers to trade for him.
Finally, Brooks reports Brandon Dubinsky is seeking a multi-year deal at $4.5 million a year, which Brooks thinks he isn't going to get.
...here we go again with Dubi.
Delury, you need to print Brooks entire comment for some persepctive...
Impending Group II free agent Brandon Dubinsky is seeking a multi-year deal at $4.5 million a year, we're told. But not only isn't he going to get it from Sather, his case became much, much weaker when Buffalo winger Drew Stafford -- whose numbers form a direct comparable -- re-upped a couple of days ago for four years at $4 million per. Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/rangers/falling_star_PGWYXO8QDp72CdrGfZUASO#ixzz1OSI0LDgm
I think he will probably get 4 mil per..... Wait until you hear what Callhan is going to ask for...he put up solid numbers this year, and all you hear form the coach is he is the best player on the team... If you are going to call him that, be prepared to pay him!!!
Agree with the thought that Dubi is just starting the negotiations as high as he can and both side will probably end up somewhere between $3.5 - $3.75 per.
As far as Richards goes $7 mil per would be fine for him for 3 years but when you get to the 5 or 6th year then you have Drury all over again.
I am pretty surprised to hear you all talking about Dubi this way. He not only lead our team in goals, assists and points this season, he also shows a level of talent and brilliance in his game that no one else on the roster has (except perhaps Gabby).
It's true that for the second season in a row Dubi had a nasty cold stretch, but has everyone forgotten what his game looks like when he is on?
Dubi is a nasty full package player with great hands, a goal scorer's touch and the ability to drop the gloves and beat the piss out of someone when called upon to do so. I have said it once and I will say it again, Brandon Dubinsky is the future captain of this team, and while I think that $4.5 mill is a tad bit high right this second, it's not like outer-space high.
Locking Dubi into something long term at this point would be a smart move, because he is just one great season away from being able to demand a whole lot more money, and I sure as hell don't ever wanna see him in any jersey other than one of ours.
I say that is his opening bid with the belief that it will fall much lower. Rangers will probably bid 3 million and they meet in the middle. Safe to say Dubi is not going to get 4.5 if he decides to try the open market.
Frankly however, I am somewhat doubtful of this report. Really don't see Dubi as being this unrealistic. Don't get me wrong, I really like Dubi but I would give this to Cally before he would get it.
As for Richards, 7 million is a reach in my opinion. Weiss or Sharp would be attractive. Spezza...please no.
If Dubi was scoring 30+ goals a year i'd be fine with it. The only way i'd give him a 4.5 million a year deal is with a ridiculous amount of years on it. Like 5 years. That's the only justifiable way of doing it. The more UFA years we buy the more expensive he gets. I'd still might consider Richards at 7 million for a 3-4 year deal. Anything more is absurd.
Weiss would be a good move, but cannot see the Rangers paying 7 million long term for anyone in the caliber of Richards....with their player development and young core of players. What or who would we be willing to give up...?
The only reason Sharp is less attractive is because of the one-year left.
Richards $7 mil/yr?? I can't imagine why anyone would still want to see him sign.
4.5 is insane... He wont get that. Cally is probably going to get 3.5. I see Duby getting between 3 and 3.5.
I don't know how much of it is Dubi and how much of it is his agent. I suspect they're high balling it given their dealings with Sather in the past. I think Dubi should have a contract in line with what Cally gets.
@TomUrtzNYR He will cost either Dubi or Cally as well as a top prospect and maybe a pick. Plus he is owed $6.6 million per over the next four seasons.
@Fleisch14 Thanks for posting the rest of the quote.
@CJ Spot on.
big Dubinsky fan myself, but callahan is the future captain, or even Staal. I hate to say it but, with all of the young F talent coming up and the high $ Dubs is starting to command, he could be the odd man out@CJ
@CJ I really like dubi and think you are right but I hate seeing him go AWOL from time to time. Don't know if he's future captain but he definitely deserves a letter. I do think he is one season away too. Him and cally score 30 goals next year and anisimov gets 25. Brad Richards is great for the next 3 years but not forever. Dubi must remain a ranger forever.
@CraiginCanada i guess i need more info on spezza and why he's undesired (contract aside).
i get it.
@KingBadaBing This is all that needs to be said on both situations.
@AnnoyingJoe yup. drury part 2. we all know the definition of insanity.
@Random_Ranger Not sure how he can think he's a $4.5 mil player. More like $3.5 mil.
@KevinDeLury But we need to spend for a top guy. He is 25 and will 29 at the end of the deal. If we were to pay Richards it would cost money that would be other wise used for a free agent. I would offer Artie, Girardi, Grachev and a pick for Stastny and JM Lilies
@IcyCup Is absolutely not close to the money he makes. In fact, would say that Dubi should be better paid then him (not 7-8 million per year though, obviously, and well below the 4.5). Takes too many games off and is, in my mind, the big fish in a small pond. Signing this guy to 7 million per year was one of Murray's biggest errors in Ottawa (that and letting Chara go so that he could keep Redden and Philips....and that is not just using hindsight).