Drury / Dubinsky Out Awhile

November 8, 2009, by

As per Steve Zipay’s twitter, quoting coach John Tortorella:

Tortorella: Drury has concussion, Dubinsky probably out for awhile

Clearly, this is not good news. The Rangers were just physically beaten down by Calgary last night, and no one stuck up for Drury after the blindside hit by Curtis Glencross. The Rangers are a soft team, and people will continue to take runs like that at the skaters, and the runs at Henrik Lundqvist that we have witnessed entire season. You have to protect your players. Sean Avery, your comment of “He would have preferred the two points”, also per Zipay’s twitter, is just stupid. Sometimes, you need to make a stand. You can’t get two points in the future if everyone is injured.

The Rangers are lucky in the sense that they now have four days off to allow the other injured players to recoup a bit, specifically Lundqvist. It will be interesting to see who gets called up to replace the two centers. With Hartford playing a game Wednesday, we may not hear anything until then. But for those expecting Evgeny Grachev, don’t get your hopes up. His cap hit is $933,000, and the Rangers only have cap space for an $850,000 hit. Expect P.A. Parenteau, with the four centers being Vinny Prospal, Artem Anisimov, Brian Boyle, and Avery.


  1. jurgenno88 says:

    bad news about the injuries but IF they wanted to call up Grachev i think they could. His cap hit at the start of the year was 933k and while we still have that 850k space his hit would be pro rated. Assume 6-7 weeks into the season he’d be narrowly under the 850.
    I dont think it’ll be him anyway as he’s only now really beginning to hit his straps professionally and they’ll want him to continue that momentum. Besides Parenteau deserves to be up here.

    I wonder if this forces them to sign Dandenault though…. its well known that he’s not just a reliable depth defenceman but can play effectively on the bottom 6 wing spots. This would help with the injuries, that much discussed D spot and allow Torts to move players around.

  2. Adam says:

    where art thou brashear?

    • jurgenno88 says:

      yeah good point. He cetainly hasnt earnt his money yet unless you count a few unnecessary majors and a single assist.

      This team needs to pony up and get aggressive.
      Problem is due to the Flames game we have now lost one of better PK’ers and one of the more physical players in Dubinsky.

      The call ups in the mean time will be key, and maybe signal intentions.

  3. Dave says:

    Wasn’t Brashear and Voros sitting out that game?