You guys surprise me sometimes.
And immediately some of you guys said “bye-bye” to Dubinsky, or started (again) the greedy talk, and, most surprisingly, began to talk about how he’s really not a very valuable player.
I don’t get that.
First of all, Dubinsky is negotiating. You start high. Surely Sather would like to sign him for $3M per, which is even more of a pipe dream. Dubinsky is going to get $4M per, if not a little more. Or will at least be in the neighborhood of that amount when the dust settles. It’s going to take a while.
Now, everybody remembers his stupid statement on breakup day, whatever it was, “they want me, I want them, let’s not waste each other’s time.” It didn’t need to be said that way, and it shouldn’t have been said that way. Negotiations such as these aren’t that simple, and Dubinsky’s already been through this once—and it cost him part of training camp last time, and it might again—unless he crumbles. And he won’t
So I expect this to take a while, but when it’s over, the Rangers will have Dubinsky and Dubinsky will have $4M per or so. And it has nothing to do with greed. This is pro sports. That’s the way it works. Period. Brian Leetch had to use his leverage to get is deal done, with a no-trade clause. Mark Messier used his leverage a few times. Heck, even Adam Graves had to stick to his guns to get the money his agent knew he deserved.
Now, if the Rangers can make a major trade and Dubinsky has to be a part of that, so be it. But they aren’t going to deal him because he wants to be paid. That would be more idiotic than Dubinsky’s breakup-day remark.
As for his value, you guys are nuts if you don’t think he’s a big, big piece of the Rangers roster, a major contributor, a guy who was so, so, so crucial to what they got done last year, especially in the first half, a guy who did it physically, offensively, who did it with his fists when needed, who came back way early from a broken leg.
Was he always great? Certainly not. Was he nearly as consistent as the Rangers need him to be? Nope. Does he have games where he glides? Yup. Was he spotty in the postseason, even with that dramatic GWG in the Rangers’ only playoff win? Yessiree.
But guys like this don’t grow on trees. He’s not a first-liner, though he could play on a first line if the Rangers had two first-line players. He’s a very, very good NHL second-liner, at worst, a player who does a lot for his team.
And he’s going to get paid. Eventually.
I’m trying to remember if somebody volunteered to review Game 3 of the finals for me. So, if you did, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and remind me. Or if you want to do one for one of the other games, please e-mail me also.
I caught the entire OT of Game 2 (all 11 seconds after rushing home to see it). Saw bits and pieces of Games 1 and 2 on NHL Network’s next-day replays. Don’t know yet how much of Game 3 I’m going to see, but I sure hope to see some of it.
AP photo, above.