Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky always seems to be at the center of our CBJ conversations, for one thing or another. He’s a fascinating character that plays with unparalleled passion and intensity. But that’s also his downside.
Dubinsky, through his grit and determination, lets his heart control his game just a little too much. He’s a smart guy, don’t get me wrong. But in the heat of battle, he’s more than prone to cost his team by getting called for a penalty. Through 40 games, Dubinsky has a staggering 78 PIM.
Frustration over Dubinsky’s penalty-proned play (say that 3 times fast), The CBJ Artillery (@TheCBJArtillery) took to twitter to voice their concern. In stating “Dubinsky wants to be Captain? Stop with the DUMB penalties! #CBJ” they got me thinking.
Initially, I brushed it off. I even responded by saying I’d take the dumb penalties over the same lackluster play we’re all used to seeing out of former Jackets. But the artillery certainly had a fair point. It wasn’t just a few things here or there, Dubinsky’s (selfish?) lack of restraint has ended up costing Columbus, and himself, more than once, twice, three times. It seems to happen quite often.
Doesn’t it feel like Dubinsky is constantly watching the game from the penalty box? It seems, too, that he’s always going off for different reasons.
Two minutes on number 17 Columbus, tripping.
Two minutes on number 17 Columbus, cross checking.
Two minutes on number 17 Columbus, interference.
Nobody believes Dubinsky should get the captain more than me (I’d post a link to one of my Dubinsky articles, but there’s too many!), but after mulling it over, I think the CBJ Artillery makes a good point.
Beau Bishop, of “Bishop and Rothman” on 97.1 the fan, said it best yesterday. (I’m paraphrasing) but he said “Dubinsky is border-line crazy on the ice. Off the ice he’s a nice guy, but on the ice, he’s border line crazy. But that’s who they follow.”
Brandon “Border-line Crazy” Dubinsky has a nice ring to it, eh? When it comes down to it, I would still take Dubinsky’s raw, guttural passion over what we’re used to seeing in Columbus. I really would. I’ll deal with his PIM stats if only he would put them on a diet, if only he would curb them. Nothing beats passion until your passion beats you.