Back in February, before the trade deadline, 49% of readers said that they didn’t want to see Brandon Dubinsky traded.
Following the end of the season in May, only 5% of readers said that the Rangers should outright “get rid of him” while 57% said that Dubinsky should be used as a trade chip to acquire scoring or defense help.
Dave Maloney was on Edmonton Radio 630 and said that the reason the Rangers moved Dubinsky was not performance related at all, “I don’t think Dubi will be a 30 goal scorer but he is a legit NHL player. The issue with Dubi is that at $4.5 million he had to moved, that number had to be moved. I don’t think the Rangers give it a second thought if Dubinsky is at Stepan’s salary so it’s Dubinsky at $4.5 million that had to go. It was either him or Callahan and it’s not a question there.”
Adam Rotter: The majority of people that I spoke with didn’t want to see Dubinsky traded unless it was for Nash. He is going to be perfect for a team like Columbus where he can help a young team grow and be a leader on and off the ice. The Rangers are going to miss him and someone is going to have to assume the responsibilities and roles he had on the ice. There is no doubt that this was the right move for the Rangers, but you can’t overlook what the Rangers are losing in Dubinsky.