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Lost in the shuffle of Larry Brooks' story on Brad Richards this morning was a blurb he posted at the bottom about Brandon Dubinsky's contract negotiations with the Rangers. Dubinsky, according to Brooks, is looking for a long-term deal worth $4.5 million per season.
"Impending Group II free agent Brandon Dubinsky is seeking a multi-year deal at $4.5 million a year, we're told. But not only isn't he going to get it from Sather, his case became much, much weaker when Buffalo winger Drew Stafford -- whose numbers form a direct comparable -- re-upped a couple of days ago for four years at $4 million per."
I know fans will automatically rip Dubinsky for asking for this amount, but there's nothing to worry about. This is the way negotiations work, and Dubinsky's agent is only doing what any smart businessman would do. By asking for this much money, they'll be able to work backwards. Dubinsky asks for $4.5, Sather will likely counteroffer with something close to $3.5 million and they'll go from there. Sather seems to go through this with restricted free agents during every offseason and they wind up signing in the end. Last year it was with Staal, if you remember, when Sather publicly said how his agent's asking price was too much and they still wound up coming together on a multi-year contract extension.
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