Brandon Dubinsky has been one of the most consistent names to pop up in trade rumors over the past four or five seasons and even with all of that, Dubinsky told the Columbus Dispatch yesterday “I’ve heard my name attached to the trade for months now. But even though you expect it, it still comes as kind of a shock. I’ve never been traded before, so this is tough. It’s a tough day.
Dubinsky added “It’s one of those things where I knew if it was going to happen, I’d be a part of it.”
John Tortorella said on the radio yesterday that everyone wanted Dubinsky “We didn’t want to lose the players they were asking for at first because they are part of our core. Someone was always asking for Dubinsky and I think that Brandon should feel good about that since he is so respected.” He added “I think he will have a good year and find his way.”
Dubinsky told the Daily News “I think that having the season I had last year sort of opened the door for this trade a little bit more than it was before, but I was traded for a world class player, so it’s nothing that I’m terribly upset about, because in order for the Rangers to get the player that they wanted, they had to give up some good players. And I know the organization thought highly of me and still does. So I don’t really hold any grudges or hold that against them.”