First, I would like go on the record as saying that I was vehemently against Brandon Dubinsky being named captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets. I even wrote a whole post about it. There were many fans that wrote posts about why he should be captain. See Tyler West’s post on Union and Blue, and Mark Erickson’s (@RedditCBJ) post on Hashtag CBJ. There was much discussion and I was very much the minority.
I have come to the conclusion that I was wrong. That’s right. I said it. I was wrong. (Take note of this moment; it only comes around every 22 years). Since I wrote the post, Dubinsky has proven himself to me. The moment that cemented my decision to proclaim him as my captain came last night after an embarrassing loss to the New York Rangers.
To me, these are the words of a captain. No excuses, no bull crap. He knows exactly what the team needs to fix. He is blunt and seems ready to work on the issues that are causing the problems on the ice.
If you listen to his interview with NHL Live before the game last night, you will notice him using the words “consistency,” “proactive” and “dictating the play.” These are the exact same words Head Coach Todd Richards used in his interview with the media after practice today.
Whether these are the words Todd Richards is using in the dressing room or he stole them from Dubinsky, they are both on the same page, which is a very good thing. The coach and captain have to believe in the same system and present a unified partnership to the other players.
What do you think? Am I finally right? Let me know!