Even though not invited to the U.S. Olympic team’s orientation this past summer, Brian Burke, the team’s general manager, recently announced that Dubinsky is being considered for the Olympic team. (Callahan and Drury were at camp and are still being considered.) Remember, Tortorella is a coach on the U.S. team.
I am a BIG Dubinsky fan. Have been since day 1. He has the potential to be a top, if not elite, playmaking pivot. And he’s shown flashes of that, especially this year with Gaborik. That said, and maybe this is part of the reason (along with the holdout) why he’s not been named an assistant captain, at times he plays a little too undisciplined. Sometimes I get the sense that he is like the very talented little kid on the playground trying to prove his worth to the older kids but trying a tad too hard. Its led to some bad penalties (though less so this year to date — still, he’s third on the team in PIM to Brashear and Voros) and at times results in him taking himself out of the game mentally (again, less so this year to date). I’m probably being a bit harsh. He does lead the team with a +9 rating. I just tend to be hard on people I have high hopes for to spur them to improve. That seems to be Torts’ style too. Hopefully the Olympic news (even if, or especially if, he “fails” to make the squad) will spur Dubinsky to want to get better, even more so than he already does.