The Rangers are seldom stay quiet at the trade deadline, and aren’t expected to start this season. The deadline is a week from Monday, and the name on everyone’s tongue to be shipped out of Broadway if the right deal comes along — namely for Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash — is Brandon Dubinsky.
Dubinsky, though, said he understands it’s part of the business of the game and is trying to not let it creep into his game.
“Trades are part of the game,” Dubinsky said. “Until Slats [GM Glen Sather] calls me and says I’m not here anymore, I’m going to work my butt off. It’s all rumors. It’s just part of the game.”
The winger, who signed a four-year deal worth $4.2 million per season, said it would “suck” if he was dealt. “I love it here,” he said. “But I’m not putting too much thought into it. You can’t control what other people say, you can only control what you do. If you do that, the rest of the game, the rest of our career, will take care of itself. That’s the way you’ve got to approach it and keep your focus.”
Head coach John Tortorella said he didn’t even know when the deadline was, and said it’s all just a distraction.
“I like this hockey club.” he said.
These guys are professionals, but the rumors always have to take its toll on them. Personally, I don’t want Dubinsky dealt. Sure he’s having a bad season, but so did Marian Gaborik last season and I’m not sure many Ranger fans would want him off this team this season. He’s an important part of this team, which I don’t believe needs a major shake up.
Save the cap space for July 1, Glen.
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