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Brandon Dubinsky calls Jody Shelley a ‘terrible hockey player’

Nov 28, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

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Many people claim that the Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals rivalry is fabricated, but the lack of a post-game handshake in the 2011 Winter Classic showed that they certainly don’t love each other. The 2012 Winter Classic has the potential to get significantly nastier, though; at least if the chirping between New York Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky and Philadelphia Flyers fighter Jody Shelley is any indication.

After Shelley called Dubinsky a “weasel,” Dubinsky cut to the core of Shelley’s hockey being. Here’s the highlights of what he said, via ESPN New York’s Katie Strang:

“It won’t be long before he’s out of the league, because he’s a terrible hockey player,” Dubinsky said. “First of all, if I [were] him, I’d keep my mouth shut if I don’t play, especially since I never see him on the ice. He’s usually just yapping from the bench, and I guess now he’s yapping from behind the video camera. So that’s about all I have to say.”

That actually wasn’t all Dubinsky had to say, though. He apparently called Zac Rinaldo “an idiot” and said, “He’s not really a good hockey player … they should keep putting him on the ice because he’s a liability against us.”

Judging from those spicy quotes, it seems clear that at least one Ranger won’t just spout cliches at the HBO cameras. The most surprising part is that Shelley was once a teammate of his, although Dubinsky might contend that he was only a part-timer.

Either way, Dubinsky is rattling the cage of some dangerous Flyers, which should be a lot more fun for the hockey-viewing public than anyone on the ice.

  1. dbick - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Rinaldo would lay this dude out

    • ml3939 - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:43 PM

      I am a die hard Flyers fan but appreciate the way Dubinsky plays. I often wished Richards brought Dubinsky’s attitude to the ice more often. I have no problem with him responding to Shelley’s comments but do not understand him taking a shot at Rinaldo. I agree Shelley lacks skill but Rinaldo brings something to the table for a fourth line player. I hope he has a chance to make Dubinsky eat his words along with Zac’s fists.

    • iownyou2 - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:43 PM

      Could he reach him from the bench?

      • ml3939 - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:59 PM

        Maybe they can each talk about the goal they scored this year.

  2. pastabelly - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Well, Dubinsky is doing nothing more than stating the obvious. Shelley is a talentless goon.

  3. eagleswineagleswin - Nov 29, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Dubinsky = Captain Obvious

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