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Blue Jackets Add Strength Down The Middle

from Rob Mixer of BlueJackets.com,

“I’d like to thank Rick Nash for all he’s done for the Columbus Blue Jackets,” Howson said. “He’s been a great player for us, a wonderful ambassador for our city, and has been generous with his time and resources in giving back to our community.

“But we’re moving on now, and we’re excited about future. We want a team that will compete every night, play an exciting brand of hockey and is committed to excellence. Today’s trade brings us the right balance we were seeking in any trade for Rick.”

Dubinsky, 26, has been a quietly productive two-way forward during his career with the Rangers. The native of Anchorage, Alaska broke into the NHL in 2007 on a full-time basis and immediately grabbed a spot among the Rangers’ top-six forwards. He put up 14 goals and 40 points during his rookie campaign, and added eight points (four goals, four assists) in 10 playoff contests.

After a couple of up-and-down years, Dubinsky had his best season in 2010-11, seeing regular top-line time (as well as the No. 1 power-play unit) and scored a career-high 24 goals. He’s known as a player that skates well, has underrated skills with the puck and can play in all situations.

“He impressed me,” Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards said. “I think the way he skates, the way he works…there’s some grit to his game and skill to go with it. One area that we had to get better in was down the middle. We added two guys with some size and some speed.

“The players we added are a reason for us to be excited. Strength down the middle is a great way to build your team.”


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Dubinsky is a good player.  He had an off year.  Anisimov will put up numbers as well.  The Rangers defense first shot blocking style definitely reduced both their numbers.

Nash has never won anything.  Why does everyone think he’ll become a winner in the pressure cooker that is MSG.?

Posted by 13 user names on 07/23/12 at 08:58 PM ET

BrendonTO's avatar

Nash has won an Olympic gold medal for his country, as well as a World Championship.  Will he win in NY?  No, because that team only knows how to play defense, just like his last team (well, barely).  Could he have won under Mike Babcock in Detroit, like he did in Vancouver in 2010?  Probably, but we’ll never know.  Cant say I blame him for wanting to live in NYC though.  Still, don’t forget he’s only a Cup win away from the Triple Gold Club.

Posted by BrendonTO on 07/23/12 at 10:01 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Nash has never won anything.

HE PLAYED FOR FVCKING COLUMBUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 07/24/12 at 01:46 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

I love how the press in Columbus insists on putting sprinkles on a turd…. year after year…  I don’t know how CBJ fans can stand the condescension.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 07/24/12 at 05:23 PM ET

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