Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky will not face further punishment from the NHL for Sunday's open-ice hit on Anaheim's Saku Koivu. "NHL player safety has reached out to us and said that there will be no hearing for Brandon," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen told The Dispatch this morning. Dubinsky was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct for his hit on Koivu in the final minute of the second period. TSN's Bob McKenzie, who was first to report that Dubinksy would not face supplemental discipline, said league punishment czar Brendan Shanahan and his staff ruled that Dubinsky landed on a "body on body check with incidental head contact." That's the league's way of saying Dubinsky did not target Koivu's head. After this morning's practice, Dubinsky said he was relieved after a long night of worry. "I have mixed feelings," Dubinsky said. "I obviously agree with what they (the NHL's department of player safety) assessed, what they thought of it. Obviously they agreed with what I thought of it. I'll say it again, I don't want Saku to get hurt in that situation. I wouldn't want to hurt anybody. I don't think I'm a player who tries to hurt people. "The part that hurts is they huddled together, saw a big hit and made the call. They score on the power play, I'm not in the game anymore ... I'm not saying I'm a savior for the team, that I'm going to go out and win the game for us, but I can tell you it would have helped our team to not have to go out and kill the first five minutes of the third period." The Ducks scored a power play goal early in the third to take a 3-2 lead. The Blue Jackets later tied the score at 3, but Anaheim prevailed on Cory Perry's goal in the final two minutes to clinch it. Dubinsky said he texted Koivu after the game using the cell phone of Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski to say that he didn't mean to injure him and hoped he would be OK. Wisniewski and Koivu played together previously in Anaheim. Koivu did not immediately respond to the text message, but Dubinsky said he hadn't checked with Wisniewski since before the took the ice for an 11 a.m. practice.
No Further Discipline For Dubinsky Hit On Koivu
Columbus Dispatch | Oct 29