Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Brandon Dubinsky to 6 Year Extension

Brandon Dubinsky has signed a six year, $35.1 million ($5.85 AAV) contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets, keeping him in Columbus until the 2020-21 season. Dubinsky will have a no movement clause until the 2017-18 season, and a limited no trade clause for the final three years of the contract. Dubinsky’s contract is the furthest into the future the Blue Jackets have gone with a player on the current roster; Nathan Horton held that distinction before with his contract going to the 2019-20 season.

Dubinsky is set to make $4.2 million for the 2014-15 season. Prior to the extension, he would have hit UFA status at the end of the season. By agreeing to a six year deal in Columbus, Dubinsky has made he wants to play in Columbus and believes that the team in on the upswing.

In the official team statement, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said of Dubinsky:

Brandon brings tenacity and determination to our team every time he takes the ice and he’s been an integral part of our growth and success over the past two years. Thanks to the commitment and support of our ownership group, we are excited that Brandon will continue to be an important part of the Blue Jackets family for many years to come

Dubinsky was originally acquired by the Blue Jackets in 2012, as part of the Rick Nash trade with the New York Rangers. In 29 games played in the lockout shortened 2013 season, Dubinsky put up 20 points (2 G, 18 A). In his first full season with the Blue Jackets, Dubinsky finished third on the team in points (50), and finished with 16 goals and 34 assists. During the 2013-14 regular season, Dubinsky had a  52.2 CF% and a +2.6 RelCF%. During the post season, the CF% dropped to 48.5, but his RelCF% increased to +4.0%.

Dubinsky is a significant contributor to the Columbus Blue Jackets offense. This is apparent when looking at his RelGF%. During the 2013-14 regular season, his RelGF% was +6.3% (57.3 GF%). While his GF% dropped to 50% during the playoffs, his RelGF% increased substantially to +22.7%. The sample size is small, considering it’s one six game series, but a 22.7% RelGF% shows the impact that Dubinsky had in the Penguins series.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will now turn their attention to signing both Ryan Johansen and Sergei Bobrovsky to contract extensions. Johansen is an RFA and so far both sides have been unable to reach a deal. Bobrovsky will hit RFA status at the end of the 2014-15 season.