Per Larry Brooks, Brandon Dubinsky plans on filing for player-elected arbitration:
Dubinsky to file for salary arb, agent Kurt Overhardt tells Post. “Not a negative commentary, part of the process…”
The deadline to file for arbitration was today, and this comes as no surprise to most that at least one Ranger filed for arbitration. As Dubi’s agent states, this is just a part of the process, and really shouldn’t be viewed as a negative. In fact, there are several positives that come out of this:
- Since arbitration has been elected, Dubi is no longer eligible for offer sheets.
- Dubi will have a contract in front of him before July ends.
- They can work with the arbitrator’s ruling to hopefully negotiate a longer term deal.
- The August buyout period is now open for the Rangers.
Following arbitration, Dubinsky can either accept a one or two year deal based on what the arbitrator has ruled, or he can negotiate for a longer term deal. The Rangers also have the option of cutting ties with Dubinsky, but that is extremely unlikely.
Update: Per Andrew Gross, Ryan Callahan will also file for arbitration.
Update #2: Also per Gross, Brian Boyle will file for arbitration.
Update #3: Thank you Sally for pointing out that Mike Sauer has filed as well.