Brandon Dubinsky
C CBJ
3 weeks ago

Dubinsky was back at practice Friday after seeing an eye doctor for blurred vision, which was the result of an alleged "eye-gouging" incident from defenseman Keith Yandle in the third period of Thursday's game against the Panthers, NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

"He just eye-gouged me," said Dubinsky. "I don't know if it's scratched. The eye doctor said it looks good, or everything looks fine. It's just a dirty move. You get face-washes, and if you just want to drop the gloves and get it over with, that's fine too. I think it was a gutless move by him." Dubinsky should be good to go for Saturday's game against the Lightning. He enters the contest with three assists, 10 PIM and a plus-5 rating through 13 games, but is surprisingly still in pursuit of his first goal of the season.

Brandon Dubinsky
C CBJ
4 weeks ago

Dubinsky has been removed from an assistant captain role for the Blue Jackets by coach John Tortorella in an effort to pull him out of his early-season slump, The Columbus Dispatch reports. "We've been through a lot together - good and bad," Tortorella said Thursday. "I think it's for the good of him. Dubinsky is going to lead; he's a leader. Not through his mouth but through his play. People follow him for his play, and we need more of his play to do the speaking than worrying about a letter on his chest."

EDGE Analysis

The veteran picked up a helper in Wednesday's win over the Sabres, but it was just his second point (both assists) in nine games. Dubinsky's slow start is likely due to the amount of time in training camp he missed while recovering from offseason wrist surgery, but he's seeing action on the second power-play unit and has a couple of solid linemates in Boone Jenner and Josh Anderson at even strength, so it should only be a matter of time before he gets rolling.

Brandon Dubinsky
C CBJ
1 month ago

Dubinsky (personal) will be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Sabres, Rob Mixer of 1stOhioBattery.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Dubinsky missed Monday's practice due to a personal matter, but he was never in serious danger of sitting out Wednesday's matchup with Buffalo. The 31-year-old pivot has had a quiet start to the season, notching one assist in eight games after totaling 41 points in 80 games last campaign.

Brandon Dubinsky
C CBJ
1 month ago

Dubinsky was absent from practice Monday due to a personal matter, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Blue Jackets are not back in action until Wednesday against the Sabres, so the team should provide an update on Dubinsky's status closer to game day. In the event the center is not available, Zac Dalpe would likely join the fourth line.

Brandon Dubinsky
C CBJ
2 months ago

Dubinsky (wrist) played over 16 minutes in Saturday's preseason win over the Penguins, recording six hits and a plus-1 rating, Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

He said his surgically repaired wrist felt fine after the game, although he did have it wrapped, and his level of physical involvement would seem to back up that self-diagnosis. Dubinsky lined up as the third-line center for the game, and with Nick Foligno shifting to center for now, that's likely to be Dubi's assignment Opening Night.

Brandon Dubinsky
C CBJ
2 months ago

Dubinsky (wrist) participated in contact drills Friday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to the report, this was the first time Dubinsky's taken contact drills in preparation for the 2017-18 season. He went under the knife at the end of May to repair the wrist, and while an updated timetable for his return is still pending, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella noted that he's "very pleased" by how the top-six pivot looked in the contact training session. At this rate, it wouldn't be surprising to see him be ready for Opening Night.

Brandon Dubinsky
C CBJ
2 months ago

Dubinsky wouldn't put a timetable on when he would be a full participant in training camp, but said Thursday his surgically repaired wrist was feeling better than it had in two years, Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch reports. "It's getting better every day and that's the most important thing. Fortunately, it's fixed. It's just got a little ways to go in terms of mobility and strength, so we'll keep working at it and see where we get to."

EDGE Analysis

After playing only 47 games in 2014-15 but averaging a career-best 0.77 points per game, Dubinsky has mostly been able to stay on the ice for the last couple of seasons, but he's seen his production decline in each campaign. If that fade was the result of his lingering wrist issue, the 31-year-old could be poised for a rebound season as the Jackets' second-line center once he's finally back at full strength. His status for Opening Night will remain up in the air until he proves he's 100 percent, though.

Brandon Dubinsky
C CBJ
2 months ago

Dubinsky's (wrist) status for Opening Night against the Islanders remains uncertain, Tom Reed of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

When asked point blank if he would be ready Oct. 6, Dubinsky stated, "I don't know. I will be back as soon as I possibly can," which isn't exactly what fantasy owners were hoping to hear. Even if the center does miss a handful of contests, he should be able to record a third straight 40-plus point season, which likely makes him worth any potential injury risk in most formats.

Brandon Dubinsky
C CBJ
3 months ago

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told reporters he is hoping to have Dubinsky (wrist) available for Opening Night against the Islanders, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Dubinsky -- who underwent offseason wrist surgery -- was expected to be ready for training camp given the original three-month timeline, however, it seems that his recovery is taking a little longer. The Blue Jackets kick of the season Oct. 6 at home versus New York, which gives the center just over a month to get back to 100 percent. Dubinsky's on ice production -- 41 points last season -- likely outweighs any concerns fantasy owners might have about his availability, even if he were to miss a game or two to start the year.

Brandon Dubinsky
C CBJ
6 months ago

Dubinsky underwent surgery on his wrist with an expected recovery time of three months.

EDGE Analysis

Dubinsky's three month time frame would have him ready in time for the start of training camp, but the question will be how much additional offseason work he is able to do following the surgery. The team originally expected rest to be enough to get the center back on track, but apparently the wrist was not responding and surgery was required. The 31-year-old racked up 41 points during the regular season but was a non-factor in the postseason, as he managed just one goal and one helper in the opening-round series against Pittsburgh.