Skip to content

Dubinsky was ‘not really’ surprised the Rangers fired Tortorella

Nov 7, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

dubinskyasarangergetty Getty Images

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Flames sign Devin Setoguchi

    Aug 23, 2014, 3:08 PM EDT

    Devin Setoguchi Getty Images

    After one year in Winnipeg, he’s headed to Alberta.

  2. Pageau eyes Sens’ lineup

    Aug 23, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

    JGPageau Getty Images

    After solid 2012-13 season, the Ottawa native struggled last season.

  3. Under Pressure: Turris, MacArthur & Ryan

    Aug 23, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

    Bobby Ryan AP

    New-look first line has big shoes to fill.

  4. Seabrook returns to hockey

    Aug 23, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

    AHL logo

    Signs minor league deal with Bridgeport.

  5. Looking to make the leap: Robin Lehner

    Aug 23, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

    Ottawa Senators v Calgary Flames Getty Images

    Could be the Sens’ future starter with Craig Anderson set to become an unrestricted free agent.

  6. It’s Ottawa Senators day on PHT

    Aug 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kyle Turris, Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman AP

    The post-Spezza era begins.

  7. Fanspeak: Bossy voted greatest Islander in franchise history

    Aug 22, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Florida Panthers v New York Islanders Getty Images

    The dynasty-era is well-represented in voting, as expected.

  8. Video: Luongo’s amusing Ice Bucket Challenge

    Aug 22, 2014, 7:14 PM EDT

    tryagain

    The TMNT pajamas really put it over the top.

  9. Larry Robinson has an … interesting take on Sharks captaincy

    Aug 22, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT

    Phoenix Coyotes v San Jose Sharks Getty Images

    “We’re waiting for somebody now to step forward and take charge of this team.”

  10. Can Kyle Okposo maintain momentum from his breakout year?

    Aug 22, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT

    New York Islanders v Winnipeg Jets Getty Images

    Despite missing 11 games, he set many career-high numbers.

  11. Jets’ Maurice adjusting to life in Winnipeg

    Aug 22, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

    Paul Maurice AP

    Spent the summer relocating his family to the Manitoba capital.

  12. Report: Leiweke to head up Olympic bid in Los Angeles

    Aug 22, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT

    Tim Leiweke Getty Images

    Speculation on MLSE President & CEO’s next move.

  13. Looking to make the leap: Griffin Reinhart

    Aug 22, 2014, 1:32 PM EDT

    GriffinReinhart Getty Images

    Disappointed with demotion last season, 20-year-old will get another shot in September.

  14. Under Pressure: Garth Snow

    Aug 22, 2014, 12:14 PM EDT

    Garth Snow Getty Images

    Has to get his team on the winning track.

  15. Video: Rangers’ Lundqvist shows off tennis skills

    Aug 22, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

    Henrik Lundqvist Getty Images

    Helps friend raise awareness at charity event.

  16. Report: Bruins need to make a trade

    Aug 22, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    toreykruggetty Getty Images

    Excess of defensemen has GM Peter Chiarelli in a bind.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. K. Hayes (1866)
  2. R. Johansen (1841)
  3. S. Crosby (1767)
  4. J. Spezza (1570)
  5. A. Ovechkin (1370)
  1. C. MacArthur (1340)
  2. J. Giguere (1312)
  3. D. Alfredsson (1265)
  4. R. Malone (1261)
  5. S. Mason (1225)