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Rangers rumored to be “aggressively” shopping Dubinsky

Jun 18, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

Brandon Dubinsky

You don’t have to tell Brandon Dubinsky that his 2011-12 campaign was something of a disappointment. He knows that and he’s focused on bouncing back next season. The question now is if he’ll be attempting that comeback as a member of the New York Rangers.

TEAM 1200, which is a sports radio station in Ottawa, has heard rumors that the Rangers are “aggressively” shopping Dubinsky. Obviously, rumors always have to be taken with a grain of salt, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he was dealt this week.

The New York Rangers want to make some changes this summer and they are reportedly still after Rick Nash. Their cap situation isn’t bad, but it is a bit murky when you factor in that we won’t know what the salary cap will be after the NHL and players’ union agree on a new CBA.

If they wanted to either pursue a big name free agent or trade for a star like Nash, they’ll probably want to partially offset that by shedding some salary elsewhere. With Dubinsky costing them $4.2 million annually in cap space, he seems like a logical candidate to be shopped.

With the NHL Entry Draft rapidly approaching and the start of the unrestricted free agent period less than two weeks ago, we might not have to wait long to find out if this rumor has legs.

  1. dabutcha114 - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Sooo long Dubi.

  2. quizguy66 - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Well Gainey is not the GM in Montreal, so the Rag$ will likely have a tougher time with this. Off course Gainey is now a consultant for Dallas so…

    -QG

    • danphipps01 - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      Also, Scott Howson has yet to be mobbed and slain by enraged Columbus fans, so there’s that. And Brian Burke’s still employed, right?

  3. quizguy66 - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    I meant “of course” – though “off course” is probably the perfect Freudian slip there.

    -QG

  4. rpiotr01 - Jun 18, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Dubi was always a little too big for his britches. He has the swagger of a young Mark Messier, but the skills of Brian Noonan. Works hard but just isn’t what they thought he could be. They probably paid him two years too long. Cut bait.

  5. eagoalie27 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    They will take a 3rd rounder for him. I have also read Michael Del Zotto’s name and would be shocked if he is back?

    • quizguy66 - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      As much as I like to tweak Rag$ fans about Minus Del Zotto for his -4 in the playoffs, I think it’d be the height of foolishness for them to part with a 22-year-old D-man who was +20 in just his third full season. I hope they do of course :)

      -QG

  6. tbassler - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    repeated rumors.

    Dubi will be here next year. He is too good.

    You guys are clowns

  7. tbassler - Jun 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    see Dubis stats. He is good

    http://www.hockeyabstract.com/ (click on “Player Usage Charts” on the left…)

  8. donjean - Jun 19, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    A logical move if they’re pursuing high priced talent

  9. kangarooparm - Jun 19, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Dubie is the little girl with the curl, looks good but never as effective as he should be. Adios!

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