It’s not like Dubinsky was all that underwhelming. He had 20 points in 29 games in 2012-13, the season after The Rick Nash Trade. He followed that with a career best 34 assists last season, along with 16 goals. But it was in the playoffs were the true Dubinsky calling card was on the table: Annoying the ever-loving heck out of Sidney Crosby and helping to keep the Pittsburgh Penguins star in check during the Jackets’ upset bid.
His reward? A six-year contract extension, announced on Friday. From Puck-Rakers:
Brandon Dubinsky has signed a six-year, $35.1 million contractextension with the Blue Jackets, a deal that puts him under contract with the club through the 2020-21 season. The deal includes both no-move and no-trade clauses, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.
The $5.85 AAV isn’t bad for Dubinsky, at least at the start. Columbus is still a place that needs to spend a little more to retain talent. (Dubinsky would have gone UFA next summer.)
The no-trade and no-move clauses … well, one imagines that won’t be an issue if and when a parting of ways is necessary. (See Umberger, R.J.) But they didn’t seem that essential for a player like Brandon Dubinsky. But in Jarmo we trust, so ….
(UPDATE: Aaron Portzline reports that the deal goes to a limited NTC after three years. As we said: In Jarmo we trust.)