Last night during the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the New Jersey Devils, Brandon Dubinsky attacked Anton Volchenkov on the ice. Many fans cheered him on and took to Twitter to proclaim Dubi captain. Brandon Dubinky does not deserve the title of captian. Not only is he short-tempered, he is careless and impulsive, qualities that do not describe a captain.
Jared Boll hit Volchenkov and put him on the ice. During the next shift, Volchenkov retaliated by hitting Brandon Dubinsky cleanly in open ice. Dubinsky then decided to put Volchenkov in a headlock, take him down to the ice, and continue to punch him in the head while he was on the ice. Volchenkov ended up with two fingernail scratches on the side of his head from where Dubinsky tried to take his helmet off. Volchenkov was not injured and Dubinsky only ended up with a 2 minute roughing penalty.
In my opinion, this was a stupid thing for Dubinsky to do. He was hit cleanly and should not have retaliated with the intensity that he did. I can understand a shove or a punch, but this was uncalled for. The way that he put Volchenkov in a headlock was very dangerous. What if he had twisted his neck and severely injured him? Dubinsky also continued to punch Volchenkov in the head while he was on the ice. This reminds me of when Phil Kessel tried to chop John Scott down like a tree with his stick. It could severely injure someone and is very unsportsmanlike.
Why did Dubinsky only receive a two minute minor penalty? In my opinion, he should have gotten a game misconduct and some sort of disciplinary action. What if Volchenkov had been injured during the scrum? Would Dubinsky be facing discipline then? And what if he had been suspended. The Columbus Blue Jackets would be missing a crucial piece to the puzzle that seems to be winning games at the moment. He has 5 points in 9 games and is an integral part of the chemistry on the team.
Why would Dubinsky risk suspension and negatively impacting the team over a clean hit? Why would he continue to hit Volchenkov when he was already down. A captain does not do these things. A captain represents the team and that is not the way the Columbus Blue Jackets should be represented.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments.