Once again, we have two major news outlets reporting two very different stories. Larry Brooks of the NY Post claims the holdup between the Rangers and RFA Brandon Dubinsky is money, not length. But, if you head over to the NY Daily News and read Jesse Spector today, he’s reporting the holdup between both parties is the length of the contract. Both beat writers insist their info comes from sources from within the organization.
Who to believe? Join me after the jump for more.
Here’s an excerpt from Brooks’ article today:
If Brandon Dubinsky and the Rangers go to salary arbitration as scheduled tomorrow in Toronto, it will be a result of the parties’ failure to reach an agreement on a long-term deal covering five or six seasons, well-placed sources have told The Post.
Dubinsky, the 25-year-old winger, led the team in goals, assists and points last year (24-30-54) and ranks second in each category (44-54-98) behind Marian Gaborik (64-70-134) over the past two years. He is believed to be seeking in the neighborhood of $5 million to $5.25 million per year on a long-term deal while the Rangers are believed to be offering approximately $500,000 less per season.
And here’s an excerpt from Spector’s article:
Brandon Dubinsky‘s arbitration hearing is set for Thursday, and a deal does not appear close. A source has told the Daily News that the sticking point is not money, but years on a new contract.
“(Dubinsky is) looking for a longer term,” the source said.
It’s very tough to gauge exactly what the issue is here. Both Brooks and Spector are trusted Rangers beat writers and are very reliable. It’s not uncommon for them to have different sources and would be rather pointless, from a journalistic standpoint, to be writing the same thing. Is it possible both years AND money are the issue? Who knows.
The main thing you can take away from this is that it appears all but certain Dubinsky and the Rangers will be heading to arbitration tomorrow in Toronto. A deal in the range of 2-years, and between $3.8-$4.4 million (the middle ground between both parties) seems to be what would be awarded.
The aspect you do worry about are what tactics the Rangers will use in their side of the arbitration case to “de-value” Dubinsky. Their goal is to get his salary number as low as possible and could resort to bad blood being created if the Rangers chose to cite Dubinsky’s shortcomings.
The next 48 hours will be very interesting. And Ryan Callahan’s agent will be watching very closely as well. Stay tuned.
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