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                Brandon Dubinsky has read the rumors. The repeated speculation is that Dubinsky, in the first season of a four-year, $16.8 million contract, would be included in a trade deadline deal for Columbus’ Rick Nash.
               “Trades are part of the game,” said Dubinsky, who’s previously been through the rumor mill. “Until Slats (general manager Glen Sather) calls me and says I’m not here anymore, I’m going to work my butt off. It’s all rumors…The organization has always been in my corner, (coach) John Tortorella, the management, everybody," he said. "It's not like I feel unwanted here or run out of town by any stretch of the imagination." But he acknowledged that any trade was out of his control and "if it does happen, it'll ----. I love it here. ”
               Dubinsky, 25, who scored 24 goals last year, is struggling offensively in his fifth full season, with six goals and 19 assists in 53 games. “I've got to come in everyday and try to get better," he said. "I'm trying to put my game in order,” he said.
               Brad Richards, who was traded from Tampa to Dallas on deadline day in 2008, said he didn't offer Dubinsky any advice.  "He's been around. You wake up and go to work."
              Tortorella acknowledged that the front office is exploring moves, but was not specific. “I’m not going to talk about it one way or another,” he said. “But every organization goes through it and they have to have discussions. I know the owners and general managers are always looking to improve their team, but there are certain situations and things to discuss as far as chemistry, I’ll give you that.”
               As far as whether the chatter has any effect on the team, Tortorella said: "Our team has been real good as far as focusing on different things and blocking things out and focusing on the job at hand. I think they’ll handle it the same way."
            Reading between the lines after talking around the locker room. Rangers players would be OK with Nash or other additions in the right situation. No one wants to see certain teammates traded, but they can survive a loss of some  "chemistry". Guys want to win. It's a results business.   And Dubinsky did not specifically say that management assured him that he would be around.
           FYI,  Flyers need goaltender, not Nash; Kings need scoring even more than Rangers.            

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