Update, 3:38 p.m.:
that Dubi's contract includes a $500,000 signing bonus this year and $1M signing bonus next July 1.
Update, 2:32 p.m.:
Both Michael Del Zotto
and Marty Biron
tweet out their congrats to Dubinsky.
Update, 2:15 p.m.:
Dubinsky on the contract (per Brooks
"I wanted to be in New York, it's the place I live, it's the place I love and I want to be here forever," Dubinsky said. "At the end of the day, I think it's a homerun for me. I hope the team feels the same way."
...i think everyone agrees that this is a homerun.
Update, 11:51 a.m.:
Andrew Gross at Rangers Rants
gives us a breakdown of the contract...2011-12, $3.75 million; 2012-13, $3.75 million; 2013-14, $4.65 million; 2014-15, $4.65 million....less than $4 million for the first two years? Man, Dubi got hosed. ;)
Update, 11:11 a.m.:
Jesse Spector at the Blueshirts Blog
reports that Dubinksy and the Rangers have agreed to a 4-year, 16.8 million contract....so awesome to see this taken care of at what I think is a very fair price.Original Post:
Larry Brooks at the New York Post
reports the Rangers have elected to go for a one-year salary award in today's arbitration hearing in Toronto with Brandon Dubinsky.
Sources tell Brooks that Dubinsky has requested a contract worth $4.6 million while the Rangers have come in at $2.8 million.
Both sides expect the judge to award Dubinsky with a salary of between $3.8 million and $4.4 million.
Regardless of the conclusion, which could be announced as early as tomorrow but likely will not come until Monday, the Rangers have no intention of walking away from the settlement figure....Dubinsky can't be too excited that the Rangers are going for a one-year award as he will again be a RFA at the end of next season and have to go through this whole process again.
...really interested in the final result. I'm going to guess that the judge gives him $4 million. What's your guess?
Meanwhile, Steve Zipay at Blue Notes takes a look at some Dubinsky comparables including: Zajac, $4.5 mil; Horton, $4.5 mil; Backes, $4.5 mil; Jordan Staal, $4.5 mil; Umberger, $4.5 mil; Lucic, $4.0; Kunitz, $4.0; Franzen, $5.2.
For more on today's hearing go to the Bergen Record and Newsday.
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