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Dubinsky was ‘not really’ surprised the Rangers fired Tortorella

Nov 7, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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Add Brandon Dubinsky to the list of New York Rangers players who seemed to have a falling out with John Tortorella toward the end of his reign as head coach of that team.

The 27-year-old told the Bergen Record on Thursday that he wasn’t particularly surprised when he heard that Torts was fired.

“Not really,” Dubinsky said. “I think my relationship with Torts fell apart the last year I was there and I just felt like his relationships with some of the other players could be doing the same thing so I guess that sums it up as to why I wasn’t completely surprised that it happened.”

One can rattle off a growing number of players who seemed to develop estranged relationships with Tortorella: former favorite Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, now Dubinsky and possibly others.

Maybe burnout is almost inevitable with a hard-charging coach?

Regardless, Dubinsky said that facing his former team loses its luster since he’s been with Columbus for a while now. He admits that the trade hurt, as he was part of the young group helped the team grow into a contender, compared to the drive to trade for Rick Nash as the urge to grab a “new toy.”

” … I didn’t understand it quite that they would want to bring in as many new guys after a successful season and a successful playoff run. But sometimes that’s just how New York is, they like the flash and they want the dash and they want a new toy, I guess,” Dubinsky said. “And that’s no disrespect to the organization because they were so great to me. But, like I said, that was the hardest part. But when you get traded for a guy like Nash, he’s one of the elite players in the league, you can’t lose sight of that, he’s one of the best players in the NHL so I understand you have to give up some assets. I feel like they wouldn’t have just given me away for nothing.”

Dubinsky and plenty of former Rangers are mere minutes away from facing former teammates on Thursday.

  1. joey4id - Nov 7, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Nice that some of the boys are coming out, but they’re only confirming what nearly everyone knew.

  2. charliereno - Nov 7, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Sather is a moron and has been pulling this kind of crap for over a decade. Just another Oilers dinosaur ruining a NHL team.

  3. stakex - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Perhaps their relationship fell apart over the last year because Dubinsky was terrible in his last season as a Ranger, and Torts holds his players accountable for their play? Same can be said for Gaborik and Richards, both players were playing horrible the last few months they played for Torts… and with a coach who demands the best from his players, its not surprising those guys weren’t his biggest fans at the end. As tough as hockey players are, you would be surprise how sensitive they can be when a coach does anything but pump their tires….

    That’s not to say Tort’s hard charging style doesn’t have something to do with it, but athletes want to be pampered and told how great they are at all times. When they play terrible and get called on it by their coach, they tend to turn on the coach….. which s why hockey has such a high turnover in coaching.

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