Larry Brooks of the NY Post is reporting that the Rangers have extended a two-way qualifying offer of $522,500/$60,000 to Brandon Dubinsky; however, the $60k is meaningless since that would require Dubie to pass through waivers en route to the NHL.
What this means is that the Rangers are short-changinging their 23-year old up-and-coming gritty center. Rather than come to terms on a multi-year deal, the Rangers are playing into the system and holding all negotiating leverage over their unsigned Group II free agent.
Sure, it’s totally legal, and sure it’ll save the Blueshirts some dough, but how will Dubinsky feel knowing that the team isn’t committed not only to paying him appropriately in the long term, but also apparently in the short term? Will he even want to stay in New York when unrestricted free agency comes knocking on his door?
The Rangers need to re-evaluate where they spend their money. Stop blowing millions on guys like Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik. Invest properly in the youth of the team – like Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, and Marc Staal. Otherwise, we may be looking at another short-sighted trade like when we sent Fedor Tyutin to Columbus for a one-year rental on Nikolai Zherdev.