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by Paul on 07/23/12 at 09:05 PM ET
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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