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UPDATED 12:38 pm - The Columbus Blue Jackets have plucked Wade Dubielewicz off the waiver wire. Columbus, without Pascal Leclaire, was the other NHL team that really wanted the goalie.


While the Islanders did all the work signing Dubie, because of an absurd rule in the CBA, Columbus gets to pick off the contract. It's happened before. Bob Clarke ranted about it years ago and it still hasn't been changed.


Here's the crazy part. If Columbus had signed Dubielewicz, he would have had to clear waivers. As the team with the worst record, the Islanders could have picked him up.


For his part, Wade - with a pregnant wife and two-year old son in Connecticut - had bittersweet feelings about the move but was okay with the CBA rule. "Once I signed with the Islanders, my heart was set on playing here," he said. "But the rule is fair. It's there to provide opportunities for players." Dubielewicz is now getting ready to board a flight to Vancouver, where he will meet the Blue Jackets.


The Islanders will try to track down the Sound Tigers' bus - en route to Binghamton - to get a goalie, or find one elsewhere. Mike Dunham just told me he's not an option.


I really liked my Dubie story. Please read it anyway.



AM SKATE NOTES: Yann Danis was going to change his number to No. 75 and keep your No. 34 Dubie merchandise alive. Yann left the rink and may not even know the latest news about his backup tonight.


Sean Bergenheim only took part in the first 15 minutes of the skate and could miss another game with his strained side.


"NY Hockey This Week" will be live on Sunday on 1050 ESPN Radio, following the Rangers-Penguins game. Don La Greca and I should be on from about 3:30 - 4:30.


Brendan Shanahan, back where it all started, skated in his Devils gear at the Coliseum this morning and could make his season debut tonight.


With Atlanta's victory last night, the Islanders are now 7 points up in the Tavheduch Watch. Maybe it's just my PR background, but with all this Kansas City talk and subsequent passionate reaction in Islanders Country, wouldn't be the worst thing if the home team got a win in front of a large crowd tonight.


B.D. Gallof, a big help filling in with a dozen posts when I was away on assignment or from my laptop, is sidelined for the season with an upper upper body injury. My wish for Brian is that he takes the proper time off and makes a comeback when he's ready.


Point Blank is now in need of a doobie Dubie. Some experience and availability to cover games on Feb. 3 and Feb. 5 required. Please contact us at the site email if interested.




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