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Dubinsky makes the ECHL his lockout destination

Oct 8, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

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While numerous NHL players are opting to play in Europe or the AHL, Brandon Dubinsky hopes to stay sharp in … Alaska.

He’ll be a member of the ECHL’s Alaska Aces during the lockout, joining forces with the likes of semi-regular NHL players such as Joey Crabb and Nate Thompson.

Dubinsky is coming off the worst full pro season of his career – his final one with the New York Rangers.

He scored 34 points after compiling a career-high 54 in a contract year, prompting a wave of trade rumors before he was sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Rick Nash trade.

Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger admitted that Columbus now seems like a team brimming with second-liners, which indicates that Dubinsky was in line for a chance to be a go-to guy.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Dubinsky was antsy to redeem himself and take on a bigger role, but that opportunity is now on hold.

The Aces’ season starts on Friday, Oct. 19 so he’ll have time to get acquainted with his new, lesser-paid teammates.

  1. windmiller4 - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    I kinda feel bad for him, going from contenders like the rangers, to contenders for the first overall pick, to the ECHL. The Aces are a good team but that still has to suck.

  2. fortwaynekomets - Oct 9, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    the ECHL is beginning to be stacked with talent!

    go Komets!

  3. akryder - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    It was great to watch he, Thompson and Crabb play the pre-season games for the Aces. Don’t feel bad for them having to play in Alaska like it is some kind of sentence. They are all from Alaska, they have friends and family here that for once get to watch them play hockey at a professional level. And while yes the ECHL is a developmental league, it’s not like they were sent back to school leagues and pee wee leagues. Many up and coming players are cutting their teeth in the ECHL working their way to the higher leagues. Dubinsky, Thompson and Crabb are in good company playing in Alaska for the Aces, a 2 time Kelly Cup and 3 time Brabham Cup winning team. If you can’t play in the NHL, is it all that bad to go home hang out, play a little hockey and see your friends and family? It may not be the big paycheck, but after going to many games out of Alaska, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better and more energetic fan base who love their team, love their players and will cheer them on win or loose!

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