#5: Brandon Dubinsky
Brandon Dubinsky was a staple for the Rangers before the trade. It can’t be easy going from the big apple to Ohio, but Dubinsky has made the most of it.
From a numbers standpoint, Dubinsky almost instantly got better after the move. The year before the trade, Dubinsky had 34 points through 77 games with the Rangers. The following year in Columbus, Dubinsky had 20 points in just 29 games. Columbus was clearly better suited for his presence.
From a contract standpoint, Dubinsky was able to pick up a raise with the Blue Jackets. He was traded with a $4.2M cap hit that lasted through his first three years in Columbus. When his contract was up, Columbus resigned him to a mammoth six year, $5.8M AAV contract. The Rangers likely wouldn’t have been able to give him that money.
Now, Dubinsky is the alternate captain for the Blue Jackets and has a big role with the team. He certainly came out of this deal a winner.