Wednesday, September 9, 2009

What Happens to Dubinsky?

Getting lost in all the Dany Heatley and Phil Kessel talk this summer is Brandon Dubinsky, who remains an unsigned RFA, still in the Rangers organization.

Dubinsky, 23, remains the only key free agent for the Rangers this summer, but with the salary cap concerns that the Rangers have already (17 players @ $50.5 million), Dubinsky is quickly finding himself to be the odd man out, since there are way too many spots to fill with so little space to do it in.

Last season, Dubinsky played in all 82 games, registering 41 points (13G, 28A) for an even scoring pace. There is also a lot of belief that he will be experiencing a breakout year, but that will be tough to sell for a larger price in any trade.

The top team on the block is the Maple Leafs, as they seem to have their fingers in a lot of pies, trying to figure out what the best one is to go forward with. There is an understanding that Dubinsky may be their second choice if the Bruins are not going let go of Kessel too easily.

I like Dubinsky and I think he'd be a great addition just about anywhere. As a restricted free agent, he could be signed to an offer sheet, but at what he'll cost, he'll still be rather costly when it comes to compensation for letting him go. The Rangers would be more likely to let him go for picks, as they are doing a good job filling up their youth rosters.

Much like Heatley and Kessel, I can see Dubinsky moving, as a victim of the salary cap era. Any team with space should be looking to pick him up for some depth scoring.

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