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Jackets sign Dubinsky through 2020-21

Jul 11, 2014, 9:29 AM EDT

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Brandon Dubinsky to a six-year contract extension. Dubinsky, who was already under contract for next season, is now signed through 2020-21.

Per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, it’s a $35.1 million extension, garnering a cap hit of $5.85 million. It also includes no-move and no-trade clauses.

Dubinsky had 16 goals and 34 assists for the Jackets in 2013-14. The 28-year-old was part of the return for Rick Nash, who was traded to the Rangers in July of 2012.

“Brandon brings tenacity and determination to our team every time he takes the ice and he’s been an integral part of our growth and success over the past two years,” said general manager Jarmo Kekalainen in a release. “Thanks to the commitment and support of our ownership group, we are excited that Brandon will continue to be an important part of the Blue Jackets family for many years to come.”

A press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET this morning.

  1. milkmemalkin - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Too much money for a third liner. For awhile it looked like CBJ was up and coming in the East, but deals like this handcuff them in the future. Looks like the Pens reign will continue for the foreseeable future.

    • bcsteele - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      I guess we posted at the same time and I’ll say I’m sorry up front about posting this on a Jackets thread but I have to respond to you now about the “Pen’s reign” statement:

      I understand that the Pens have Crosby and Malkin…but other than that, and especially after this summer, how have they improved? I’m not saying that haven’t, I just don’t follow them as much and see the headlines. So to me, on paper anyway, the Pens look to step back before going forward again. Which honestly, they may need to do.

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the window is closed on the Pens. Far from it. They just aren’t built near as well or as deep as the teams we see going the distance the past few years. But again, I’m not familiar with their up and coming talent either.

      • hockey412 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        The Pens need a player like Dubinsky. He’s a beast. Good signing by the jackets.

    • 2qswing - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      Third liner? did you even watch the pens series. Pens would kill to have this guy. He’ll be 35 when this deal ends. Not 40

  2. bcsteele - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Seeing as how he’s the possible future captain of this up and coming club (can’t believe I can say that and mean it finally) I could understand a deal like this being done…but I wouldn’t have gone above 5 mil per season.

  3. vez79 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Glad to see this. Now for Johansen!

  4. jpelle82 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    some clown yesterday was saying a certain 23 yr old 2 way center thats a career minus player with .55 ppg and only 4 seasons of experience is worth over 6.5 million. what do you pay a career plus 2 way center with .57 ppg and 8 years experience then? not to mention a guy who has 3x the playoff experience and has proven to elevate his game at that time of year (.62 ppg and 2 gwg in the playoffs)…Dubinsky cant be worth more than 6.5 though…right? I mean toews and kane set the artificial bar for everyone right? oh wait I just saw the amount….its 6 years at 35 million….sounds just about right….

  5. anthj99 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Wow. Spend your money how you want I guess.

  6. trbowman - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Nice. Like his game a lot. Like the fire in it. When’s he going to be named Captain? This guy has always screamed future captain, and he definitely looks like he should be the guy in Columbus.

  7. 950003cups - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Good signing. He’s a solid 2-way player.

    • DED - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      I agree! Was sorry to see him leave the Rangers, but I understand the business aspects and his relationship with Tortz. Glad to see that he’s found a home in Columbus.

      See guys. Cups can say nice things about people. 😉

      • 950003cups - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Him and Prust were Devil killers.

  8. nyrnashty - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:10 AM


    • jhnyr45 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      would rather have Dubinsky then a couple players on our team….

    • hockey412 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      Let’s draw this out though – as far as heart, I don’t think anyone will argue, Dubinsky is definitely greater than Nash. Dubinsky was a point per game player in the playoffs last year – and though no one’s going to call him a sniper, was 4.3% shooting %. Nash was a .40 ppg player, with a 3.8% shooting percentage…and unlike Dubinsky, Nash is quickly turning into a perimeter player. Regular season, Nash had 39 points, Dubinsky had 50. Nash’s hit is 7.8M, Dubinsky’s is $2M lower….I don’t know man, this is looking like quite a bargain. What is your argument here?

      • nyrnashty - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        Nash is a 1st line winger on Team Canada 2 Olympics in a row, Dubinsky doesn’t even make Team USA roster!

      • hockey412 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:27 PM


        I’d have had him on my roster.

      • 19to77 - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        Nash barely contributed to the 2014 Olympic team anyway. He was great in 2010, but in 2014 he recorded one assist in six games. Sounds a lot like his playoff run, eh? Guy’s been checked out for a while.

      • 950003cups - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        That Team USA roster was a complete blunder by the player selection. There were guys who made the team who were injured while they were picked. Bylsma had too much input and it backfired. Everyone was questioning the team selection. Rightfully so.

      • moarjam - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM


        Nash has his issues but he is better than Dubi in almost every single facet of the game. I’m not even particularly fond of Nash and I love Dubi.

        There’s a reason Yzerman took him to Sochi. He’s a very good defensively, can play physical, can fly and is a threat offensively. Is he Ovi or Crosby or Stamkos superstar status? No. But he’s a real good player. And better than Dubi by far, in my opinion, having seen them both play a lot.

      • hockey412 - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        It’s all relative. I’m only drawing comparisons between them for the obvious reasons. If I could have Dubi at 5.8M per, or Nash at 7.8M per, I’m taking Dubi.

        And I agree that Nash has been amazing in the past. But something has changed in his game.

      • 19to77 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        Man, I’ll admit we’re overrating Dubinsky a little, fine. But Nash is a different matter entirely. He’s massively overpaid, plays the perimeter way too much for a guy with his size and strength and disappears in big games – or sure as hell has since donning a Rangers jersey, as he has a combined 4 goals and 15 points in 37 playoff games with them so far. Top-flight offensive numbers, those are. He’s about as clutch as Joe Thornton. He does a lot of things right – I agree he’s very solid defensively – but considering the expectations of his draft position, his contract and the minutes and role he’s given (big power play time, first-line offensive zone shifts at even strength), he absolutely fails to live up to them. He’s paid like a perpetual All-Star because he’s expected to play like one. And instead, what you get is a good-but-not-spectacular top-six forward who generates “Why isn’t he scoring?” narratives in the playoffs more than he makes clutch plays.

    • thesportsjudge - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      OP is just jealous.

  9. jacketsfan7 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Glad to see people with a brain know that this is a good signing, solid 2-way forward who can score goals, hit hard, take players like Crosby off their game, and backchecks so well. Not to mention he’s such a good leader and mentor to Matty hustle and cam Atkinson

    • 19to77 - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      And he’s a model player for Boone Jenner to learn from, too.

  10. wutangwild - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Nice signing. Good player that every team could use. Last Wild game I went to he dropped the gloves with Coyle after a somewhat questionable hit on Ansimov in the first minute of the game, most fans weren’t even in their seats yet. Gotta respect someone that stands up for teammates. I’m liking what CBJ is putting together

  11. withseidelinn - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    The fact they gave this guy almost $6m per season really gives Johansen leverage. A 22 year old kid who just put up 33 goals and 63 points in his second season compared to a guy in his prime who is a 50-55 pt guy at best. Yes – I understand the intangibles and stuff but that price tag it really does not help their case in trying to get Johansen at a discount. You cant give a 50pt guy $5.85 and then turn around to the young sniper who just scored double the amount of goals and try to cheap out. I understand the need to sign Dubinsky – and I would take him on my team anyday.. but I can’t see the Johansen ordeal ending well after this signing.

    • hockey412 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Not sure why, though. Johansen is good, but needs to remember he’s still a .51 PPG player, career wise. Dubinsky’s a .57 PPG player. I think offensively Johansen is better, certainly, but he’s really only had one good season. He REALLY needs to consider a bridge contract. Superstars should be payed like superstars only once they are superstars.

      • withseidelinn - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        I agree with that. I think it’s just the fact of how much the bridge deal will be worth. I doubt term is the real issue here, it’s most likely about money given his most recent stats.

  12. hosewater2 - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    I like Dubinsky, watched him play junior in Portland. Good second line two way player when healthy.

    This contract has a Scott Gomez odor all over it though, hope it turns out differently for all involved.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      why because they are both from Alaska?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Even if Scott Gomez was signed in today’s NHL, to that deal, people would be questioning it. Yeah he was productive with the Devils and as a UFA the Rangers paid a premium, but he was clearly a support player in NJ. He was surrounded by some amazing talent at the start of his career. He was never the guy you hang your hat on. Dubinsky is similar in that capacity but he’s actually making what he should. There’s a huge difference between 5.85 and 7.4 for a second line player, especially in current day NHL as compared to the league in 07-08.

      To me those contracts don’t relate in the least. The Jackets got fair market value (probably better than fair market) to re-sign one of their important core guys. Columbus isn’t NY either, they live with a nice cap cushion and rarely go outside their structure… that’s why Johansen is having tough negotiations. This doesn’t look like a handcuffing albatross to me; more like a player earning his well deserved compensation.

  13. blue21c - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    DUBI!!!!!!!! Pens SUCK!!!!!!

  14. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    How can people actually be criticizing this deal? It’s exactly where it should be. Not only does it end when he’s 34-35 (when it should) but the price is right. Look around the NHL and 2nd line players who put up 50+ points are now worth over 5. And that’s before mentioning the fact that he’s a heart and soul player who’s a part of the leadership group on a young Blue Jackets squad. Ryan Callahan, a very similar player, who put up 36pts, signed almost an identical deal and probably would’ve gotten more from a Buffalo on the open market. So it stands to reason that a more productive, less injury prone player like Dubinsky could actually make more on the open market. Especially since he’s a center. Once again Kekalainen makes a solid (if unspectacular) move, just like how his team plays. Dubinsky is the perfect Blue Jacket.

    • moarjam - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      Good points but Callahan > Dubi. So it makes sense he gets paid more.

      Miss them both.

      Is he a little overpaid? Maybe. But like someone mentioned above, CLB is never really up against the cap so the only person it should concern is the guy writing the checks.

      Anyway I’m happy Dubi found a home. Guy is a warrior. One of my top 5 favorite post lockout Rangers. The 2005 lockout not 2012! So sad I have to specify!

  15. bleedrangerblue - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    If you pay Dubi that much how much do you pay Johansen????

  16. bleedrangerblue - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    FYI I love Dubinskys game.

  17. abouv1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Good signing, he’s what the Toronto Maple Leaf fans keep telling us David Clarkson brings to the table, and is actually worth that money.

  18. stakex - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Brandon Dubinsky is a good player. I always liked him with the Rangers and hell, I wish they still had him. Not sure if he’s a $5.8 million a year player, but he’s not far off from that…. especially with the deals we have been seeing this year.

    The only problem with Dubinsky is that he shows flashes of being a really good offensive player, but never seems to sustain it for a full season. His production is solid, but its not great for the talent he has.

  19. royalvoyager - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    They need to give this guy the ‘C’ already

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