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Dubinsky out 3-4 weeks with fractured fibula

Via Joe Yerdon, the Rangers have announced that Brandon Dubinsky will be out 3-4 weeks with a stress fracture in his fibula. This is bad. Yes, very very bad.

Dubinsky has been the team’s best forward by a considerable margin this season, leading the club in goals (17), assists (21), and points (38). He also averages more than 20 minutes per game, almost a full minute more than any other forward on the team, and that’s because he plays in every situation. The Rangers are already without Ryan Callahan, Derek Boogaard, Erik Christensen, Alex Frolov, and Vinny Prospal, so the last thing they needed was to lose their best player for an extended period of time.

Two things need to happen now. One, Marian Gaborik really needs to step up his game and replace some of the lost production. Two, some of that depth in Connecticut needs to come through and provide some quality minutes for the time being. The Rangers aren’t going to be able to straight up replace Dubinsky’s production, it’s going to take a team effort.

By the way, the fibula is the narrow little bone next to the tibia, which is your shin/calf bone.

9 Responses to “Dubinsky out 3-4 weeks with fractured fibula”

  1. jurgenno88 says:

    This is the worst news of the season. DISASTER!
    Think we’re gonna see Chad Kolarik or Grachev now. Though Weise should be in the line up tonight?

    • Brian says:

      It’s not as bad as it sounds – if he rests properly and gives it the proper amount of time to heal he should be back to 100% with no after-effects. Though it would be nice for some players to step their game up.

  2. Jordan says:

    Well, Sean Avery will be getting some more minutes.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      that’s yet to be seen. Wouldn’t be surprised to see others get the minutes!

  3. Dave says:

    Luckily this comes right at the All-Star break, he won’t miss as many games.

  4. Mikeyyyy says:

    My question is how did he break it.

    Hopefully not by blocking a shot standing up

    • Dave says:

      Not a break. A stress fracture is a misnomer, it’s caused by overuse, not as a result of a particular incident.

    • Brian says:

      He wouldn’t have gotten a stress fracture from blocking a shot – and it’s not a complete fracture (all the way through the bone). The fact that it’s the fibula and that they are saying 3-4 weeks means that as long as he rests it properly he should be fine.

  5. Adam says:

    At least its the fibula….heals a lot quicker than the tibia