“I want to be a Ranger,” said Dubinsky, 23, still an unsigned, restricted free agent. “The Rangers want me here; something’s gonna get done real quick and this will all be an afterthought. I’m in here working hard, getting ready for the season, not worrying about that; everything falls into place eventually, so I’m not losing any sleep over it. Obviously there’s been a lot of speculation and stuff, but I know where we’re at and where we’re gonna be…It might be 12 days away from camp, but 12 days is a long time, you can have a lot of conversations in 12 days, it only takes one.”Honestly, he didn't say anything that wasn't expected. Did anyone really expect Dubinsky to say anything different? But, it's still good to hear that he doesn't sound hostile towards the Rangers. Here's hoping that he gets a contract signed in the next week or so.
Dubinsky, who did not accept a qualifying offer of $698,000, said he was not shocked that the process has played out this long.
“You always think it’s going to happen right away, but it’s been an interesting summer for our team, all the changes with trades and some signings,” said Dubinsky. “I knew there was a chance it was going to take a while because heading into the summer we had a lot of free agents---not only restricted but unrestricted, so they had to make some decisions, even some of the restricted free agents had arbitration. So I was able to get the qualifier and hang out.” Asked if he was ready to play for the qualifier, he hedged: “We’ll see. I don’t want to talk about numbers and figures and terms, I’m ready to play, been working hard; leave it to the businessmen, that’s why we pay those guys.”
During the summer, Dubinsky trained in his home state of Alaska and in New York recently and changed his routine a bit. “I shot a lot of pucks; I passed on too many opportunities last season,” he said.
I think that another reason why so many fans like Brandon Dubinsky other than his obvious potential on the ice, is his down-to-earth personality. While other young NHL stars (like Mike Green, picture on his new website - looks like it could be taken from GuidoFistPump.com) are all about the glamor, Dubinsky comes off as your typical 23-year old. As evidenced by this quote that Jim Cerney had from today's practice:
Dubinsky was also quite happy to show off his new watch. I asked him if he bought it on the streets of New York City, and the proud Dubinsky responded, "Nope. $27....on Amazon!"