NEW YORK -- Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov played with the New York Rangers for five and three years, respectively, before being sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the blockbuster 2012 trade that brought Rick Nash to New York.
As they play their first game in New York since the trade, they're looking forward to facing their former team Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
"I'm excited to play tonight. It was nice to get an opportunity to go out to dinner with some friends from here. This is my first time back in the city since I got traded. It's nice, I'm really looking forward to it," Dubinsky said after Columbus' morning skate. "You've got to channel those emotions the right way. It's going to be a little different being on this side of the ice to start the game. I think after the first couple of shifts I'll settle in."
In 2012, Dubinsky, Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round pick were traded to Columbus for Nash and Steve Delisle. More than a year after the trade, both players admitted their return to MSG stirred up emotions from their time in New York.