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by Paul on 11/08/13 at 09:49 AM ET
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Brandon Dubinsky was one of the original Bluebloods, part of the class of Rangers including Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal to come through the system and reach Broadway when the philosophy changed to a focus on in-house development following the 2004-05 lockout.
He was there as a rookie to center Jaromir Jagr when neither Scott Gomez nor Chris Drury proved a match for No. 68 in 2007-08, and he was there when the Blueshirts went to the conference finals in 2011-12.
And then he was gone, traded to the Blue Jackets in late July of 2012 with Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first-round draft pick in exchange for Rick Nash, the finisher general manager Glen Sather devoutly believed would carry the Rangers across the finish line.
“The hardest part for me was that we had grown up together and had taken the team from not making the playoffs in forever to the conference finals, and then not only my trade, but all the moves [that summer] I didn’t understand,” Dubinsky said before facing the Rangers for the first time in Thursday night’s 4-2 Blue Jackets’ loss.
“Sometimes that’s the way New York is. They like the flash and the dash, and they want a new toy, I guess.”
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