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Dubinsky on being traded: “I knew it was going to happen”

Jul 23, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

Brandon Dubinsky AP

The Rick Nash trade rumors circulated for quite some time, something that wasn’t lost on Brandon Dubinsky. The new Columbus Blue Jackets forward reflected on the process – and picking up the pieces – with Aaron Portzline.

“It’s one of those things where I knew if it was going to happen, I’d be a part of it,” Dubinsky said. “But even if you expect it, you’re still kind of shocked. For me, it’s the first time I’ve ever been traded. It’s a tough day.”

Despite that stunned feeling, Dubinsky told Portzline that he’s immediately turning the page.

“I’m already looking forward,” Dubinsky said. “My focus is going to be on helping my new team win games. I’m not going to be looking back.”

The former Rangers forward would probably like to forget about last season, where he followed up a career-year with just 10 goals and 34 points. Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov represent the two “NHL-ready forwards” that Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson was looking for (and a duo with the earliest opportunities to make that trade look positive for Columbus).

In case you’re wondering, the Rangers visit the Blue Jackets in Columbus on April 5, 2013 – the two teams’ only scheduled meeting next season.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    i couldn’t imagine anything worse than moving from an amazing city and actual hockey market to Ohio

    • tbbolts91 - Jul 24, 2012 at 3:11 AM

      The Nassau veterans memorial coliseum is in basically the same city but the islanders have a lower attendance average than Columbus

  2. watchfullhose - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    I couldn’t imagine anything worse than being a jerk like you

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      it’s not that bad

  3. stakex - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    In a sense its a real shame to see Dubinsky go. Hes been a solid player for the Rangers, and I honestly believe he has a ton of potential that hasn’t fully been realized yet. Its def going to be a bit strange to not see him in the lineup next year. On the other hand, he had an awful season last year and if hes the biggest piece the Rangers have to give up to get a guy like Nash… its impossible not to make that deal.

    Either way though, hope he does well in Columbus.

  4. potatoesogrady - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Headline is a misquote, just saying.

    • anonymouslyanonymouscommentor - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      Yes, please change the headline, it is misleading and inaccurate

  5. watchfullhose - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Ha, i guess some might say the same about Ohio (maybe even RICK – apparently he will continue to live there in the offseason).

  6. ray2013 - Jul 24, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    He knew it had to happen. A $4.2 million player who scored only ten goals wouldn’t stick around very long on most teams, unless you’re the Oilers. Then you re-up them for a two-year $10 million contract (Hemsky).

  7. mamaduques - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    Dubinsky….. You’ll be missed : (

  8. tfaltin - Jul 24, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Dubinksy did all you can ask of a player. He came in every day and worked his tail off. You can see the passion and energy he plays with, and I’m sure the Columbus fans will recognize that right away. He accepted his role as an elite penalty killer and defensive forward on Broadway, who always put the team above himself. He was a huge part of establishing that blue collar work ethic that now is the identity of the Rangers. He’ll become a fan favorite for the Blue Jackets just like he was in New York. I hope he returns to his 20 goal form and proves that last year was just a blip on his radar. That being said the Rangers had to make this deal, they have the pieces to replace all of the departing players, and you have to be excited to see what Nash can do being centered by Richards.

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