Well, we can all exhale for the next week, as Brandon Dubinsky avoided arbitration at the eleventh hour and signed a four-year deal worth $16.8 million. The deal brings an annual cap hit of $4.2 million.
According to Andrew Gross at the Berger Record (N.J.), the contract breaks down like this: 2011-12, $3.75 million; 2012-13 $3.75 million; 2013-14, $4.65 million, 2014-15, $4.65 million.
Dubinsky had a career year last year, leading the Rangers with 24 goals and 30 assists in 77 games.
”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,” said Dubisnky, who in 2009 had trouble coming to terms with the Rangers, holding out until training camp before signing a two-year, $3.7 million.
With the Dubinsky deal complete, the organization can focus solely on resigning winger Ryan Callahan, who has an arbitration hearing set for next Thursday. Callahan is the final restricted free agent the team needs to sign after signing Dubinsky, Michael Sauer, Brian Boyle and Artem Anisimov.
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