*-I would like to thank my friend Jim Schmiedeberg for today’s title. He tweeted it last night, and I ran with it for the post today.
Last night Brandon Dubinsky committed another stupid penalty when he grabbed a stray stick on the ice and threw it in the corner. It is not the first stupid penalty he has committed, it is not the second stupid penalty he has committed, it isn’t even the third stupid penalty he has committed. For some unknown reason, Dubinsky just can’t seem to do anything right this season.
Well, saying he can’t do anything right is a bit of a stretch, he has been playing some great defense and is still killing penalties. But for $4.2 million per season, the Rangers need more. Six goals doesn’t make that contract worth it, especially when he is committing stupid penalties.
Many thought that Dubinsky would find his game after not being traded this deadline. He has not. He is clearly frustrated, and his stupid penalties are evidence of this. Maybe he is gripping his stick too tightly, trying to earn that contract. That doesn’t explain tossing a stick in the corner. The worst part of that penalty is that the Rangers just committed one of those stupid penalties when Michael Del Zotto gave Brian Boyle back his stick.
Dubinsky appears to be on thin ice with the Rangers. He isn’t scoring, and now he is costing his team goals. Sure, the Rangers won last night, but they did it despite Dubinsky’s penalty, which led to a goal. He was benched for the rest of the game, a benching that has been far overdue.
The underachieving winger needs to find his game, and fast. Don’t think those Rick Nash whispers are going to disappear at the draft. They will be full-on again, and if Dubinsky doesn’t get his act together, he could find himself in Columbus.