With Rick Nash trade speculation continuing and Brandon Dubinsky's name mentioned in the reports, the forward faced the music this morning and handled it with aplomb.
"If it happens, it'll s----", Dubinsky said after practice. "Obviously I love it here."
But Dubinsky added: "It's all rumors... It's just part of the job. I'm going to work my butt off for these guys. It's not like I feel like I'm unwanted here. I've got to come in everyday and try to get better. I'm trying to put my game in order..."
Coach John Tortorella would not discuss any aspect of trade or the trade deadline, at one point saying he doesn't even know when the deadline is (Monday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m.)
He did say again that he likes this team, but that the front office always looks to improve...
As for Wojtek Wolski, who was skating on the fourth line at the start of practice, he won't be in the lineup Sunday against Nash and the Blue Jackets. Tortorella said "same lineup" meaning D Stu Bickel will play upfront for the fifth consecutive game. Tortorella did not name his goalie, but I'm assuming that it will be Henrik Lundqvist.