Center Brandon Dubinsky is expected to be back in the Blue Jackets’ lineup on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild after sitting out 18 games because of a facial fracture. If he isn’t, there is a “1,000 percent” chance he will return the following game, Dubinsky promised on Monday. He also hinted that the unspecified medical reasons he left the team last Tuesday in Las Vegas were related to more than the surgically repaired orbital bone of his left eye. But he was content to leave the explanation open to interpretation, preferring after a full practice centering the third line to instead focus on the complete resolution of everything, and his pending return. “It feels good,” said Dubinsky, who skated Monday between wingers Matt Calvert and Oliver Bjorkstrand. “I had to deal with some medical issues for myself. It’s nice to be back in practice and have the opportunity to try to play (Tuesday).” He said he spoke with team officials before last week’s optional morning skate in Las Vegas. All parties agreed it was best “I came home to look after myself,” Dubinsky said. “I had some stuff going on, and I just had to take care of it.” The Athletic website reported last week that the team sent home Dubinsky on the first leg of its two-game trip as a disciplinary measure for “ongoing personal issues” that “could threaten his career.” The Jackets and Dubinsky’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, rebutted the report, saying he was not disciplined and the decision, made mutually, was medically related.
Dubinsky: 'I came home to look after myself'
Columbus Dispatch | Jan 30