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The next time Brandon Dubinsky puts on his sweater he will have a new contract

The next time Brandon Dubinsky puts on his sweater he will have a new contract

You can read plenty about breakup day here and here, but here’s my take on some of the comments made by Coach John Tortorella and the Rangers on the final day of the 2010-2011 campaign.

- Sure didn’t sound like Chris Drury was in fear of being bought out or considering retiring. Wojtek Wolski seems to have even less value that Drury at this point and would provide significant cap savings as well.  Arthur Staple of Newsday speculates that Wolski “will almost certainly be bought out.” 

- Obviously the organization is concerned with shuffling cash for a busy summer ahead.  Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle, and Brandon Dubinsky all expressed interest in getting their new contracts done quickly, and the Rangers must also resign Artem Anisimov, Mike Sauer, and maybe Matt Gilroy.  Of course, the organization is also expected to make a big run at UFA center Brad Richards of the Dallas Stars.  It sounds like only Ruslan Fedotenko has a shot at being retained from the UFA group that includes Vinny Prospal, Steve Eminger, Bryan McCabe, and obviously Alex Frolov. 

- Henrik Lundqvist, obviously crushed by the loss, is clearly aware that he’s getting older.  Hank still seems like he’s in great shape and isn’t necessarily due for a decline soon, but Lundqvist justifiably wants to start winning now.  The play of the Rangers’ top four D down the stretch was surely encouraging, but Lundqvist is surely frustrated by the lack of offensive support. 

- John Tortorella indicated that Sean Avery will get a chance to compete for a spot during the lineup at training camp, but clearly Avery’s tenure with the Rangers is nearing an end.  He’s probably untradeable, but it’s possible the Rangers would consider buying him out.  If Avery is here next year, it will be in a similar capacity.  Tortorella just doesn’t trust him, and Avery will likely be a healthy scratch frequently during the last year of his deal.

- Everyone seems fully convinced that the Rangers will be making a big run at Richards.  Tortorella has repeatedly mentioned that the Rangers must upgrade their talent and Marian Gaborik was very open about desiring a top center to play with.  Andrew Gross wrote a great article that explained how these Rangers may have maxed out on their talent.  That seems like a fair assessment of the season.  The Blueshirts put in the nightly effort to get this far, but without an infusion of offensive ability, it’s unlikely that New York will be able to get much beyond the first round.  You simply can’t expect another 20-goal season from Brian Boyle.  The free agent market is very weak, and while it’s possible that GM Glen Sather will pursue a trade, Richards seems like the primary target.

- Still a little surprised that Marian Gaborik is playing in the World Championships.  Seems to me that if injuries have really been the problem, he should be doing everything he can to heal and get ready for next year.  If injuries aren’t Gabby’s issue and he’s just not the same player, then his contract will become an even bigger burden than it already is.

- Love this quote from Brandon Dubinsky, “I want them, they want me. Let’s not waste each other’s time.”  Dubi’s last contract negotiations were anything but smooth, but he’s established himself as a much more reliable player now.  I expect the two sides to come to an agreement very quickly.

- The gruesome details of Dan Girardi’s injury are now public knowledge, and the defenseman is certainly deserving of the extra praise from Tortorella over the last couple days.  Girardi was evidently very proud of Tortorella’s comments and that’s good.  A horse defenseman like that who constantly sacrifices his body for the team won’t usually make headlines, but he should be acknowledged by his coach.




Posted by Kevin Baumer | April 25, 2011 at 03:56 pm

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