The Columbus Blue Jackets have completed a key signing for the organization this week.
Center Brandon Dubinsky came to an agreement on a new six year $35.1 million contract. Dubinsky was slated to become a free agent at the end of the upcoming season but the new deal will see him earn $5.85 million per year in Columbus.
The 28 year old has served the Blue Jackets well since coming over from the New York Rangers a couple of years ago. Dubinsky finished third in points for Columbus this past season, accumulating an impressive total of 50 points on the year. He’s popular with the fans and has solidified himself very well within the team.
Dubinsky has explosive speed, fantastic faceoff skills and he’s not afraid to through his weight around either. Throughout his career so far Dubinsky has accumulated 631 penalty minutes.
This was a great signing for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Dubinsky is a second line forward that any team would benefit from. He’s a game changer and is known for scoring some big goals whilst his shorthanded goals tally isn't too bad either.
I’m certain that Dubinsky will easily score 20 goals or more in the upcoming season. He has great chemistry with guys like Nick Foligno and Boon Jenner. Brandon Dubinsky is likely to be on a line with the team’s newest veteran forward Scotty Hartnell who was acquired from the Flyers earlier this month.
The Jackets have a very balanced group of forwards. With Dubinsky signed all attention now turns to whether or not the organization can come to an agreement with fellow centre Ryan Johansen. The team has reportedly started negotiations, but no deal has been struck as of yet.
I believe if the Blue Jackets do end up resigning Johansen, they’ll make the playoffs again for sure. This is a team that is overflowing with goal scoring potential. Ryan Johansen, Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky and Nick Folingo combined for a whopping total of 191 points last season.
Plus, if forward Nathan Horton can back to the numbers he was tallying for the Bruins, this team will be very tough to beat. The area that I believe still needs work within this roster is the defensive end.
James Wisniewski and Jack Johnson accumulated a combined total of 84 points. This top defensive pair did exceptionally well, but besides them their defense is vulnerable in my opinion.
If the Jackets can sign someone like Douglas Murray or Derek Morris, they’ll be well on their way to balancing their defense. Regardless, the Columbus Blue Jackets will once again be a team to watch out for in the Eastern Conference this year.
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