After a false alarm was sounded last week by Jim Schoenfeld on XM Radio saying that Brandon Dubinsky “was re-signed by the Rangers”, the truth was discovered earlier today as Dubinsky told reporters he is still in the negotiating phase of talks with the team.
The good news from today’s scrimmage however is that Dubinsky himself seemed optimistic that a deal would get done, possibly before the beginning of training camp, which is less than two weeks away. Dubinsky repeated that his desire is to “remain a New York Ranger” and also stated ” The Rangers want me here; something’s gonna get done real quick and this will all be an afterthought. I’m in here working hard, getting ready for the season, not worrying about that; everything falls into place eventually, so I’m not losing any sleep over it.”
This is wonderful news for all the Rangers fans who have been following this situation all summer hoping for a quick resolution. The Rangers are obviously counting on Dubinsky to play a big role on this season’s squad (possibly even centering the team’s top line with newly acquired sniper Marian Gaborik on his wing) and getting him signed long term and removing a possible in-season distraction contract dispute at the same time is definitely a step in the right direction going into training camp.
For more on Dubinsky’s comments about the negotiations and upcoming season, check out Blue Notes here.