READ: The Situation With Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky

At the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes about the situation at hand with RFA’s Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan.

Brooks says that since Dubinsky is two years away from being a UFA, the Rangers can elect a two-year award for Dubinsky if the two sides can’t  reach an agreement before his arbitration hearing on July 21.

Callahan is only one year away from being a UFA and is much more pressing to get signed before his arbitration hearing on July 28th.

Brooks says that both players are expected to get between $3.7 million and $4.4 million if they go to arbitration.

The Rangers have $11.6 million in  cap space.

With Brian Boyle signed, the focus should be on Brandon Dubinsky as his case is the closest to being heard. Maybe the Rangers will need to pay a little more per season to get them locked up for three or four years and avoid the nastiness of arbitration. I really can’t stress that enough. You don’t want to start pointing out what is wrong with two of your best players, youngest stars, and leaders. It will just lead to bad blood and distractions that the team doesn’t need.

NEWS: Arbitration Dates Set

Andrew Gross tweets that Brandon Dubinsky will have his arbitration hearing on July 21, Brian Boyle on July 25 and Ryan Callahan on July 28.

Hopefully they can all sign before arbitration.

BUZZ: Ryan Callahan Will File For Salary Arbitration, Brian Boyle Too

Update: 1:27PM:

Brian Boyle is likely to file for salary arbitration according to Larry Brooks.

Original Post:

Andrew Gross tweets that Ryan Callahan will file for salary arbitration today unless the Rangers make an offer before 5PM.

Brandon Dubinsky is also filing for arbitration. 

Callahan filed for arbitration the last time his contract was up.

He signed before going to the hearing.

I bet that Cally signs again before going to the hearing.

BUZZ: Today Is The Deadline To File For Arbitration

Update: 12:36PM:

Larry Brooks tweets that the Rangers will have the second buyout period because of Brandon Dubinsky’s filing of salary arbitration.

Update: 10:18AM:

As noted in the comments section, Ryan Callahan did file for arbitration the last time his contract was up.

Callahan signed before going to the hearing.

Original Post:

Today at 5PM Eastern Time is the deadline for players to file for salary arbitration.

Sportsnet wonders if Rangers Ryan Callahan an/or Brandon Dubinsky will file for arbitration.

If the two of them file for arbitration, it could trigger a second buyout period for the Rangers.

Arbitration hearings take place in late July and early August.

We will see what happens, especially as it relates to the second buyout period. Arbitration is a tricky thing and can lead to some bad blood between the two sides. Hopefully, if they file, a deal can be struck before the actual hearing.

Brooks: Dubinsky Talks Still On Ice

In today’s New York Post, Larry Brooks writes that contract talks with Brandon Dubinsky aren’t that close and he runs the risk of missing the first day of John Tortorella’s training camp.

The contract situation is the same as it has been for weeks. The Rangers have their one-year qualifying offer of $522,500 on the table to Dubinsky that represents nearly an 18-percent cut in pay from last year, when he earned $635,000, including Entry Level bonuses.

The Blueshirts also have offered various multi-year deals, but they all fall substantially short of what Dubinsky would be able to command next summer coming off a productive season. A 55-60 point year — hardly a stretch to expect as Gaborik’s linemate — would almost certainly bump Dubinsky to $3M per in arbitration.

….Same as it ever was with Dubi. Its in the Rangers best interest to lock him for a few years for probably around $2 million, where if Dubi has a breaks out season he could probably get between $3 and $4 million.

Brooks also notes that an offer-sheet for the Rangers center is unlikely.

The Maple Leafs have both a need and affection for Dubinsky, but the chances of Toronto GM Brian Burke blindsiding his good friend Sather are more remote than Dubinsky’s home state of Alaska.

… An offer-sheet for Dubi probably would have come a while back if it was going to come at all. But again, an offer-sheet would be the easiest way to end this whole mess, if he signs an offer-sheet, and the Rangers match, he is back and all the contract problems can be put behind them.

For the rest of Brooks article, click here.

Brooks: Rangers Squeezing Dubinsky

Larry Brooks, of the New York Post, has an “update” on the on-going contract situation between RFA Brandon Dubinsky and the Rangers.

Brooks notes that Dubinsky’s qualifying offer isn’t the $698,000 that he originally report, but a two-way deal worth $522,500/$60,000.

The $60,000, Dubinsky’s minor league salary is almost irrelevenat, as Brooks notes that Dubi would have to pass through waivers to even reach the minor leagues.

Brooks  writes that, Dubi has his one year qualifying offer on the table from the Rangers but he also notes that Dubi has deals worth between two and five years on the table also.

The problem for Dubinsky is that he is eligible for salary arbitration next season and could make more money by taking the Rangers to arbitration or working a deal when he has more leverage, then the possible salaries the Rangers are offering him now.

“We’ve had a number of positive and amicable discussions with the Rangers and we’ll continue to work at it,” Kurt Overhardt, Dubinsky’s agent, told The Post yesterday. “Neither Brandon nor I have any interest in attempting to negotiate this through the newspaper, so we’ll keep the conversations private.

…This is a very interesting situation that Brooks lays out. Yes, Dubi can get a long term deal from the Rangers, possibily up to five years, but he is no doubt sacrificing money as he probably wouldn’t get over $2 million a year from that deal, where as a big year from Dubi going into arbitration and he can set a higher number for himself.

It would be great for the Rangers for Dubi to lock himself up in a five year deal worth $10 million, but for Dubi himself, he could make more money going to arbitration.

So, in the end, Dubi will probably accept his qualifying offer for $522,500 and play the season under that. Hopefully, he brings his best game to play with Marian Gaborik and the Rangers give him his big deal next summer.

Buzz: Dubinsky In Talks

Larry Brooks reports that the Rangers and RFA Brandon Dubinsky are in discussions about reaching a new contract.

The Post has learned the team is in conversations with Dubinsky’s representative regarding contracts of varying lengths, though neither party would characterize the state of the discussions that will accelerate upon the conclusion of Zherdev’s final 96 hours.

Earlier this month, the Blueshirts signed Group II free agent Ryan Callahan to a two-year, $4.6M contract. Dubinsky’s agent is certain to cite that deal — Dubinsky went 13-28-41 last year, Callahan 22-18-40; Dubinsky is a career 27-54-81 in 170 games, Callahan 34-25-59 in 147 games — but Callahan owned the leverage of salary arbitration rights while Dubinsky has no systemic leverage unless he can attract an offer sheet.

The Blueshirts are at approximately $51M of the $56.8M cap. That does not include either Zherdev or Brandon Dubinsky, who remains an unsigned Group II free agent. That number also does not include a fourth center, fourth right wing or sixth defenseman.

…I was under the impression, from talking to various people, that Dubinsky’s contract was going to have to wait until after Zherdev’s arbitration hearing. The Rangers will have more money to spend on Dubinsky or extra players if Zherdev’s number comes in to high and they didn’t want to get into a sticky situation where Dubi has signed but Zherdev’s number comes in lower than expected and they bring him back.

….It was always a matter of patience that certain people just couldn’t handle. Dubinsky will be back as a Ranger and it appears that he will be at the latest, by the middle of next week.

Buzz: No Progress With Derek Stepan Talks/Rangers and Mats Zuccarello Trying To Make A Deal

StepanNewspaperCoversAccording to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, there is no progress between the Rangers and Derek Stepan in regards to the RFA center’s new contract.

Brooks says that Stepan doesn’t have arbitration rights, and unless something forces the issue, the contract talks could drag into September and maybe into training camp.


Brooks writes in the Post that the Rangers and Mats Zuccarello are trying to hammer out a deal to avoid arbitration.

He notes that under the new CBA a team can not walk away from an arbitration award that is less than $3.5 million.

Zuccarello has denied that he is looking for something close to $2 million, which Brooks notes again. Brooks says that the Rangers want Zuccarello at “considerably less” than what he is reportedly looking for.


Adam Rotter: I expect the Rangers and Zuccarello to come to terms before arbitration and for them to sign Stepan way before training camp starts. The Rangers usually take their time when signing RFAs but Ryan McDonagh was a priority and things with Carl Hagelin may have come together quicker. Stepan is a core piece but the Rangers didn’t sign Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky (in 2011) until late July and Marc Staal didn’t sign his new deal until September, days before training camp, in 2010. The Rangers are trying to find ways to maximize their cap space and get these two players under contract. It will happen, but maybe not as soon as some of us think it should.

Read: Should Michael Del Zotto Feel Insulted By The Rangers Offer?

Over the weekend it was reported that the Rangers are trying very hard to get Michael Del Zotto under contract but the two sides are not that close on a contract.

The Rangers are reportedly offering Del Zotto a short term deal worth $2.2 to $2.5 million.

On TSN’s That’s Hockey, the panel wondered if Del Zotto should feel insulted with the Rangers offer.

Mike Johnson said “Del Zotto’s camp realize it’s a business and see that the Rangers are trying to exert some pressure. They also look at this and thinks that it’s par for the course with the Rangers as they did this with Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov. All of these guys took some time to re-sign coming off of their entry-level deals so you know that going in you can appreciate that it’s just part of the deal.”

He adds, “Michael Del Zotto, like most players would prefer a long-term deal, but he will have to wait and try to negotiate a better deal. It’s hard not to be a little offended when money is being splashed around and it’s not coming your way.”

Jamie McLennan said, “what do you have to gain. He isn’t being offered term or a price point where he feels that he belongs so this is a tough situation. When it comes down to it there is not much working for him in his favor. Del Zotto and his management team is going to have to look at what they have been offered and make some decisions.

Craig Button said, “I think the Rangers are looking at two players in their own group for Michael Del Zotto. First is Marc Staal, he signed a long-term deal just under $4 million but the first year coming out of entry-level was $3.1 million. They have Ryan McDonagh coming up next year so they are trying to fit Michael Del Zotto into their defense salary structure with $2.2 to $2.5. Everyone has made the point that Michael Del Zotto doesn’t have a lot of leverage, no arbitration rights, and while Del Zotto does want the money, they are moving closer, internally, towards the numbers that Marc Staal is at.

The belief is that Del Zotto will sign before the CBA expires.