Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Dubinsky fan, but in no way, shape or form should a 24 goal scorer who finished with 54 points total be asking for $5 million. I understand Marian Gaborik finished with even less tallies in both stat categories, but it was clearly an off-year for the sniper, who should bounce back this season.
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Brooks makes a fantastic point comparing Dubinsky’s worth to others around the NHL.
For the sake of comparison, Winnipeg winger Andrew Ladd just signed a five-year deal worth $4.4 million per year. The Rangers would not trade Dubinsky for Ladd. On the other hand, Anaheim winger Bobby Ryan is entering the second year of a five-year deal worth $5.1 million per. The Ducks would not consider dealing Ryan for Dubinsky.
Ryan last year finished with 34 goals (10 more than Dubinsky), 37 assists (seven more than Dubinsky) and 71 points (17 more than Dubinsky).
Can Dubinsky someday be worth $5 million per year? Absolutely. His blend of skill and grit is making him one of the best power-forwards in the NHL, but his inconsistency and inability to score on seemingly open-nets hurts his case for super-star money.
Dubinsky’s contract negotiations will no doubt have an effect on Ryan Callahan’s, whose arbitration hearing is slated for next Thursday. Callahan has slightly worse stats than Dubinsky, but has more intangibles than that of his line-mate. Callahan is no doubt the heart of this team, and all signs point to him wearing the “C” this season. He’ll want to be paid accordingly.
Dubinsky is making a habit of causing problems for the team in contract negotiations. Two years ago, he held out until camp started. I believe that hold-out is why Marc Staal is an assistant captain and not Dubinsky.