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Dubinsky: “I can truly say that I’m excited to be” in Columbus

Jul 25, 2012, 11:13 PM EDT


A day after the trade was announced, Brandon Dubinsky became acquainted with his new hockey home in Columbus.

Dubinsky told Aaron Portzline that his fresh start with the Columbus Blue Jackets is a “great opportunity.”

“Look, every player has to say they’re excited to join a new team. But I can truly say that I’m excited to be here, excited to be part of this team,” Dubinsky said. “There’s so much opportunity here to better my career, so much opportunity to help this team win. I’m excited for that.”

Dubinsky acknowledged the human side of being traded, pointing out that he met plenty of people while he was in New York – his wife included.

Despite that tough adjustment, he repeatedly expressed excitement about the change of scenery and joining the Blue Jackets. Dubinsky also said he’s willing to play both center or wing when called upon.

“I’ve said it 50 times probably since the deal happened — I like the group we have here,” Dubinsky said. “I think collectively we can do something special. This is an organization that wants success and is moving in the right direction for it. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

(Photo via Blue Jackets.)

  1. stakex - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Yeah I’m sure hes excited to be traded from a cup contender, to a bottom feeder thats not likely to make the playoffs for years to come. Thats a great way to better ones career.

    • ceeceeandh2o - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      Given the Blueshirts penchant for choking in the playoffs (one cup since 1940) a Blue Jacket may hoist the Cup before the Rangers do. I hope that he has a great career in Nashville because he was one of the class guys to play in New York the past few years.

      • jkay1818 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        Dubinsky was traded to Nashville? Given your penchant of failing geography classes, a 4th grader might hoist a diploma before you.

      • handsofsweed - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM

        Wow. That was ALMOST a nice zinger. But then you dropped your hot cup of zing on your own crotch. Impressive.

      • ceeceeandh2o - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        Yeah, I blew it. Meant to say Columbus, which obviously is in Ohio rather than Tennessee. You have to understand that people in the New York area believe that anything that happens west of the Hudson River as being irrelevant.

      • madsqgrdn - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        Wait hah do you mean like trees, beaches, mountains, surfing, hiking, decent blues, pleasant people, whether that’s not freezing or humid and streets devoid of urine..all of those things irrelevant? Listen dont drag down all of us NYers because you failed geography.

  2. caps247 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Well, you don’t always get what you want, especially in situations that are totally out of your control. That’s life for ya. At least he took the politically correct route.

    On the bright side, maybe an increased role in offense can turn out positive for him. Anything can happen.

  3. hockeyfootball98 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    What is he supposed to say or do act like Carter did? He is making the best of it and might genuinely be ready for a fresh start.

    • langforc - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:24 AM

      The way Carter acted helped him get traded to the Kings. I think, even though he looked like an ass in Columbus, it all worked out for Carter in the end.

      • barkar942 - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        ….which, in fact, sucks that he acts like a jerk, screws the Columbus fans, and ends up with his name on the Cup.

  4. chasemutley - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    I don’t know much about him, but hopefully he’s the kind of guy that can thrive in a small market. The people of Columbus deserve to have a competitive franchise.

  5. nyjetblue - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    That’s called a “class act”…and Columbus is a short 1 hour flight from NY Dubi, so just get an apartment there and commute like lots of us do.

  6. bleedblue72 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    It’s probably a combination of being relieved that he doesn’t have to play for Tortarella anymore and not having to be overshadowed by Gaborik, Callahan & Richards. He’s definitely going to have plenty of opportunity to step up and make a name for himself.

    • blomfeld - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:17 AM

      “GIVE IT A GO” …

      While I also admittedly don’t know a Dubinsky from a Dubonsky, I do know that “his” are the words of a “quality” individual ! Like so many things in life, we simply don’t get to “pick and choose” according to our own pleasure. Instead, we’re often more likely to be “dealt a hand” and then be faced with the stark choice of either “griping” about things or “giving it a go” ? Dubinsky in this case has obviously chosen the latter and so I say “good on him” for that ! Someone above referenced the Carter business ? Well, it just so happens that despite being an ardent and “values-driven” LA Kings fan myself, I viewed Carter’s petulant behavior in Columbus as being nothing short of “deplorable” ! Think what our world would be like or what our own lives would be like, if we “caved in” to despair every time we had a curve ball thrown our way ? No sir ! Setbacks mustn’t just be embraced … they must be transformed into portals of “opportunity and success” ! I therefore wish Dubinsky “all the best” with his new team and hopefully he can help them to bring “good times” back for the decent folk of Ohio ! :)

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  7. mclovinhockey - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    And we thought the jackets were bad last year…

  8. highlander24 - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    I can truly say that he’s not telling the truth.

  9. hockeyfan28 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Gotta love the guy having a positive attitude considering the situation he’s going to, their GM doesn’t seem to have any idea what he’s doing and most fans in the Columbus area are either Pens or Red Wings fans.

  10. murtdurt - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Paging Jeff carter: here’s how to deal with being traded. Life of an NHL player. Don’t whine your way out. My respect for dubi just grew ten-fold

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      it does seem to get you a Cup though

  11. Doesnotmatter - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Carter was signed, by the Flyers, until 2022. Plus he had a no trade clause with the Flyers. Then he got traded before the clause kicked in. To Columbus. There was zero chance that trade would work out and the fact that the Bjs scouts ( they do have some, right? ) and Howson still went for it was a big mistake. But they still got Johson and a first rounder for Carter. They have a pretty good young team right now. Ok, goaltending is still a huge question mark and the West is loaded with firepower so they won’t be making the playoffs in the near future ( not with Bobrovsky and Mason ). Good luck, Columbus, you’re gonna need it.

  12. mclovinhockey - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:39 AM

    Yeah so basically they got Johnson (a horribly over rated D who is a cancer in the locker room and even as he left LA said he doesn’t care about them) and the 30th overall pick for Voracek (guy has HUGE potential) and an 8th overall pick who turned out to be a player able to shut down Malkin who every GM is willing to trade their first born for.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      Do you know anything about hockey? Or do you like to talk out of the wrong end just to hear yourself speak? Johnson has been a leader in the locker room and great since he has arrived at Columbus. Johnson will get the “C” this year, you know since they always hand that out to the “Cancer in the locker room”. ……..A**clown…..

    • ron05342 - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      Johnson was never a cancer in the locker room in L.A., I have no idea where you got that from.

      His comments upon departing L.A. were troubling, however.

  13. letangusespertplus - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:13 AM

    columbus has the same chance at winning a cup as 28 other teams. 0.00000% so this is not a bad move for dubinsky. he knew the shero didn’t want his split ends.

    • tfaltin - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:42 AM

      This is the NHL genius, not the NBA. The Western 8 seed just won in the finals against the Eastern 6 seed in case you didn’t notice, and you say 28 teams have no chance? Guessing you’re a Pens fan, how far did they get? 6 games? You must not have watched a hockey game when the Pens aren’t playing and clearly you’re just as ignorant and bias as every other Pens fan that has come out of the woodwork since Crosby came up.

  14. paperkid96 - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Does he realize that he is a Bluejacket and not a Buckeye?

  15. east96st - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    “This is an organization that wants success and is moving in the right direction for it. ”

    Son, as a former season ticket holder, it pains me to tell you, you couldn’t be more wrong. I’m not sure whether you’re delusional, in denial, or a flat out liar, but the Columbus Blue Jackets front office and ownership are incompetent, are liars, and don’t give a rat’s ass about winning. You will see the FO and the ONE newspaper in town (who are part owners of the CBJ) build you up into a hero. And then, when things go wrong (and they always do), they will tear you down, blame you, and throw you under the bus. At least, in NYC you see the knife coming. Here, they will slip it into your back while slapping you on the shoulder telling you how much you mean to the franchise.

  16. tfaltin - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    I’m a huge Dubinsky fan, and loved his work ethic in New York. He’ll make Columbus better in all zones, on the PK, even strength, and he’ll probably get a look on the PP, a chance he didn’t get this past season. If nothing else I hope his effort stands out and becomes infectious in the clubhouse. The kid sacrifices his body, and his stats, and his ego, so that his team can win. He deserves to have the rest of the roster and the organization return the favor.

    • gmen4trophies - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      He thanked NY fans on his way out of town even though expressing disappointment at being traded–don’t recollect too many of those in recent years in any sport. He is a class act and admitted he had a bad year. With more ice time he very well may have a very nice upside, and he does always play hard. We’re all cynics today, with some cause, but good for him that he said the right thing in Columbus, whatever he feels. If you act the right way it should count for something.

  17. gaborik104life - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    While Dubi was overpaid for the season he had last year he was still one of the people that brought the organization the mentality it has and people need to stop bashing him. He like Callahan has his value past the numbers. His defensive game, forecheck ability, pk ability, able to play wing or center make him an asset. On top of that he easily could have had a letter with his leadership abilities. On a team like Columbus he can regain the form of the previous season (54 pts) due to the fact that he will have more ice time. The rangers I believe got the better of the deal but Artie and Dubi are better than people think and CBJ will be better to a degree than people think.

  18. michiganhockey11 - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    He’s happy in Columbus huh?

    Hope he speaks French and likes arena fog horns because if he’s still with the team in 5 years, he’ll either be in Quebec or Hartford.

    • cincycbjfan - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      Not Quebec… the Coyotes will already be there…

      I hope these new acquisitions do very well, in spite of the team having the most incompetent Front Office in ALL of professional sports (even worse than the Bengals!)…

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      Maybe Seattle?

  19. canuckinamerica - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    “And to be able to tee off 6 weeks early is such a huge benefit!”.

  20. mclovinhockey - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:39 AM


    So I guess the fact LA started playing a lot better on D by trading a top D man for a one way O was just luck.
    JJ said “I don’t care what the kings do, I never had any friends there”
    Sounds like a leader to me…. I would love to give the C to a guy who hates his teammates.

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